Toilet Pot, by Duck

World Toilet Organization - Toilet House (Copyright WTO)
World Toilet Organization - Toilet House (Copyright WTO)

It is like the Duck-restaurant in the form of a giant Duck that Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown found in the vicinity of New York. This house in the form of a toilet is meant to sell toilets. It is being build in South Korea by an entrepreneur-politician that promotes toilets. The house itself features three state-of-the-art toilets.

Curiously the owner of the house, also CEO of the World Toilet Organization (WTO), is a politician named Sim-Jae Duck. Seriously, I don’t make this stuff up! It gets even more ironically as Architectenweb related that name to the Toilet-Duck cleaning product. There are so many layers!

In The Guardian we read: “Sim has named the building Haewooja: “a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries”. Perhaps the soothing sound of flushing water reminds him of the womb - 74-year-old Sim was born beside a lavatory, in line with his family’s belief that people born in rest rooms will enjoy long lives - and now he hopes to die in one.”

That is a bit worrying: giving birth in a loo for luck. Also a serious question mark is the agenda of the World Toilet Organization, whose goal is to provide clean toilets in the third world. The house is an instrument to achieve that goal, we read, as one can rent it for 50.000 dollar a day, until the owner moves in early November. The price of the house however is 1.6 million dollar. Rent it for 30 days straight, and you’re only quite. Is this the right way to help developing countries? Netto there is no profit, it seems, it only costs money. There is however ‘awareness’, as they say.

Fascinating is the fact that it took two weeks for this news surfaced in the architecture-stories in the west. In Korea the item was already by AFP on the 10th of October. A day earlier already by Reuters. It the moved through the blogosphere all the way to MNP on the 18th, hit The Guardian at the 23rd, and finally it is posted on Eikongraphia – a bit late, I agree – on the 30th of October.

What a load of crap! ;-)

World Toilet Organization - Toilet House (Copyright WTO)
World Toilet Organization - Toilet House (Copyright WTO)

World Toilet Organization - Toilet House (Copyright WTO)
World Toilet Organization - Toilet House (Copyright WTO)

World Toilet Organization - Toilet House (Copyright WTO)
World Toilet Organization - Toilet House (Copyright WTO)

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