I snapped this shot inside the spiffy public restroom at Madison Square Park. The restroom cleans itself after every use, a total water-and-soap spray-down of the entire space. So naturally, the toilet paper can’t be exposed — it would get soaked! Instead, it’s hidden behind a trap door. When you press the button, the metal door opens and a pre-determined amount of toilet paper is released. Thankfully you can press the button several times in a row.
I just love how a bit of paper is sticking to the wet metal. I would have LOVED to see this prototyping process, if there was one.
Check out my full Flickr set of photos from Madison Square Park’s self-cleaning restroom.
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Matt Daniels says
I always wondered what would happen if you were trapped in the bathroom as it cleans itself.
“Thankfully you can press the button several times in a row.”
This was the first thing I wondered. What a relief :)
Orian Marx says
I'm surprised you didn't mention how easily one could mistakenly press the red button hoping for some TP.
Whitney Hess says
The emergency button isn't as much in your line of sight when sitting on/squatting over the toilet. Much more obvious in the photo.
What cracks me up is that everyone is commenting on the button placement and not the fact that this bathroom cleans itself!? Have self-cleaning bathrooms become common place and I didn't even know about it.
I had a clogged toilet the other day and could have used a self cleaning option for that.