The Portland Loo Offers a Community-Built, Safe Outdoor Bathroom

By: Misel Saban - Sep 13, 2016
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The Portland Loo might have a very utilitarian build to the outdoor bathroom, but this public toilet is highly innovative thanks to its design that was built collectively by the community. The space is specially designed so that people can't hide out inside, it can be easily cleaned and is safe to use. The structure revolutionizes public washrooms so that they can be inviting and well-maintained spaces for citizens to use.

Unlike many outdoor bathrooms, the Portland Loo was actually designed as a collective effort between locals, police forces and maintenance crews. The design reflects important aspects to each group with a small boxed space that can be monitored while respecting the privacy of the user. The roof is made of grates that police can look into if they suspect suspicious activity is occurring inside. However, the grates provide a blind spot that prevents onlookers from seeing them use the facility.