What it takes: Sydney’s bizarre public bathroom design raises eyebrows – and raises privacy concerns
- Sans Souci toilets raised questions on a local community page
- Photos posted on Facebook show men visible through urinals from the street
- Some community members are outraged by council over privacy concerns
- Other members emphasized the safety of the bathroom design
A bizarre public bathroom design has raised questions in a local community after photos posted online show the urinals are visible from the outside.
The photos were posted to the ‘Bayside Community’ Facebook group on Tuesday, showing how the public toilets can be seen along Grand Parade, San Souci, in Sydney’s Bayside Council.
A local named Faviolitza posted the intriguing photos and said, “Is this a joke? Who thought it was a good idea to build a public toilet with the urinals visible from the outside?
A member of the local Bayside community took to Facebook to share the odd bathroom design
The photos, which were taken at night, visibly show the urinals of the men on the street – a result of the interesting design of the wooden poles devised by the council.
Each pole has a large gap between it with the shining the glowing lights in the bathroom failed to obscure the figures using the toilet inside.
Many community members have expressed concerns and confusion about the design and do not understand why the local council did not realize the problem when it was built.
The sanitary block is located in Sans Souci along the beach promenade in the Bayside local government area
One person wrote on the post, “How the hell didn’t this get picked up at the design stage or at the construction stage?” Nobody deserves to be visible like this, they have to fix it right away.
“I wouldn’t want my son to be visible from the outside and I wouldn’t want my daughters to see this,” added another.
Another said: “I hope the board can make some changes to respect privacy.”
But some members of the local community page believe it may have been done for security reasons.
“It seems to me to be a design for increased security at night,” said one member, while another added: “It is to deter vandalism among other things.”
A mother also commented “I prefer to send my son there knowing that there is no danger”.
Bayside Council has been contacted regarding the bathroom design.
The bizarre bathroom design has confused many locals who question privacy concerns while others have raised that the design was created for safety