There are usually no public lavatories in Chinese villages. This project is reconstructed from the villagers' own lavatories. It is a micro-public building serving the village museum, a 500-year-old house redesigned by the same architects team in the neighborhood,
The base contour of the building completely follows the demolished one. Through the roof form named "four water return to the hall", the concept of "lavatory" in Chinese traditional culture is expressed: dialogue with heaven and earth.
In terms of roof form, there is both expression of language of local houses in Anhui and also the deconstruction and reorganization of modern formal language by disassembling and shrinking towards the site center.
The architecture breaks through the usual understanding of the "regionalism", boldly uses steel structures, corrugated steel, glass bricks etc, expresses a philosophical significance through the fuzzy mapping of the surrounding environment. At the same time, it discusses the private and public topics in the countryside, which leads to the breakthrough of rural aesthetics in aesthetics, arouses and gains the curiosity and appreciation of local villagers.
Functionally, the lavatory with only one squatting position will be transformed into a toilet for men, women and the disabled, and can meet the bathing needs of nearby residents. At the same time, a vegetable planting area is set on the roof, so that the owner of the building, a grandmother in her 80s, can plant some daily vegetables on it.
There is a river in the sight range of the lavatory, and the overhead roof is also a rainproof place to sit down and enjoy the exterior view.
The modern design of this lavatory, together with the rural museum it serves, promotes the progress of the aesthetic appreciation of Chinese rural culture on a small but positive level, and brings the significance of modernity.