The City of Pasadena commissioned us to design a prototype public restroom for several downtown parks that would be used as the future design model for neighborhood parks throughout the city. The new restroom buildings are intended to replace current substandard or dilapidated restrooms with new ones that meet all current accessibility and energy standards, and are cost effectively built in multiple locations. Given the importance of Pasadena’s architectural history, each prototype’s exterior can be modified to satisfy the varying aesthetic contexts of each park.
The building’s scale, neutral form and color, and size and shape of openings allow it to complement a variety of styles and contexts. At the same time, it is an archetype—repeatable in a variety of park settings, with an identity that is strengthened each time the design is repeated in its modified form. To accommodate a degree of local variation in each park, a variety of façade claddings, such as tile, plaster, wood, or green screen, is used in each application as an attempt to refer to each of the building’s specific surroundings without compromising a consistent identity city wide.
805 sq. ft. building area
CLIENT: City of Pasadena
PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Chris Girt, Angela Uriu, Jeremy Schacht, Almodina Lopez
ENGINEERS: Charles Tan (Structural), Gotama Building Engineers (MEP)
CONSULTANTS: Byun Partners (Specification Writer)