We all use them, we all need them, and for the most part, we all cringe at the thought of what we'll be walking into when nature calls. Flavorwire has compiled a list of the best of the best in public restrooms around the world, based on hygiene, safety, and of course our favorite, innovative design. These stylish stalls have much more to offer than wall graffiti and hands-free soap dispensers. They are works of art.
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This Roadside Reststop Akkarvikodden by Manthey Kula Architects is a dream for anyone on a long car ride. Tucked into the hills of Norway, this rest stop is beautifully crafted with a rustic wood exterior and mirrored panels to seamlessly meld into the surrounding mountainous landscape.
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Having to "go" at an outdoor festival may be the worst conundrum of all. Finding a clean urination station without an enormous line is nearly impossible, leading many concert goers to go rouge. Awesome Dutch design firm, Aandeboom created the P-TREE for just such instances. The portable tree-mounted urinals were tried out at two European music festivals and apparently received glowing reviews.
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The Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studio are a fun play on traditional origami shapes. The seventeen bathrooms are each a different color and shape, covered in a glossy finish making it clean up quick and easy.
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The Kumutoto Toilets by Studio Pacific in New Zealand are also uniquely shaped for a public restroom. Designed to look like a sea creature, the bathrooms echo the nearby harbor. The tough materials and long bathroom hallways allow for safety and protection against vandalism.
You can check out the rest of Flavorwire's list here for more examples of the coolest loo's around.