Idea #2: Unisex Toilets
Could unisex toilets be the way forward?
The plan above shows accessible toilets, child toilets and a range of male & female loos. Some of these could be unisex, others could be reserved for women only or men only. (It also shows a sink in the middle and hand driers to the right. I think the spiky things are plants :) )
The main distinctions are the unisex hand-washing area and the lack of urinals.
The inspiration for this design is the problems that men and women have when caring for people of the opposite sex. This refers to all types of care, including mums and dads looking after their children. At what age do you start letting them go into the loos alone?
Public toilets are often called ‘The last gendered space’. Do we need this division of the sexes on top of the privacy of the cubicle?
Are there other advantages to sharing facilities, or would you feel more uncomfortable knowing that someone of the opposite sex was there too?
Would you miss single sex facilities?
Could it work in some cases, but not in others?
Tell me what you think via the comments box at the end, and vote for this idea below!