A view of Surrey’s new modular park washroom in a photo posted to archdaily.com.

A view of Surrey’s new modular park washroom in a photo posted to archdaily.com.

‘Playful, durable, safe’: Surrey’s new park washroom design splashed on architecture website

Vancouver firm contracted to create prototype now installed at two parks, with two more in the works

A new “modular” washroom in service at two Surrey parks has made a splash on “the world’s most visited architecture website.”

To date, Maple Green Park and Chimney Heights Park can boast the biffy specially designed by Vancouver-based JIM Architecture, with Forsyth Park and Latimer Lake Park targeted as proposed locations for installation in 2021.

In 2018 the city contracted the firm to develop a modular park washroom with specific features, for installation throughout the park system, where needed.

Now, project details and photos are posted to archdaily.com.

With a “base unit” price tag of $190,000, according to parks general manager Laurie Cavan, the single-stall prototype is designed to be universally accessible, durable, hands-free with “no-touch” fixtures, configured for solar power and able to accommodate public art panels on all four sides of the structure.

“We are looking at our highest-need locations at this time and will deploy more washrooms in the coming months,” Cavan told the Now-Leader.

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PICTURED: Exterior and interior views of Surrey’s park washrooms, as seen on archdaily.com.

The post on archdaily.com says the washroom project “represents the city’s administration’s realization that their infrastructure needs to match the deepening urban character of the city. While public washrooms are critical for urban environments, Surrey shares a problem with many cities in North America where there is strong resistance to their installation by the public.

“The Park Washroom project sought to addresses this problem through a design that challenges that negative perception,” the post continues.

The design intent for the prototype was to create “a playful, durable, safe facility that works well within the various park contexts in the City of Surrey. The design employs a distinct form, strong colours, and unique use of materials. To foster public support for the facility, the colours are selected by each neighborhood and the sliding security gate is designed by a local artist, often as part of a community workshop. These not only given the communities ownership over the units but also can reinforce the individual identity of the community.”

More project details are included in a 146-page Request for Quotations posted to surrey.ca.

“I think the reaction has been pretty positive, in the community and elsewhere,” said JIM Architecture principal James Huemoeller. “Some people don’t react well to having public washrooms in parks. It’s a challenge for cities to provide an amenity like this.”



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