Design + Architecture

Amazing Bathrooms

by Sophia Banay

The flush: Chung Yo department store, Taichung City, Taiwan

The lowdown: The ruin of many a good night out is spending half of it lining up for the bathroom: In your absence, rounds of drinks are bought, anecdotes swapped, hookups cemented. And if the line is really long, you run the risk of sobering up. The people behind this place obviously felt that way, too, hence their men's room with its bar-in-the-bathroom theme. It has green-tiled walls and contrasting red urinal surrounds, but the pièce de résistance is the inclusion of refrigerators stocked full of frosty green Heineken beers. The Chung Yo—an upscale 16-floor department store selling everything from footwear to gadgets—has another 14 themed restrooms to visit, each funkier than the last. How about the basketball bathroom complete with hoop (not the best place to practice your aim, we suppose)? There are also a Coca-Cola–themed one with giant cans for stalls, and a jungle bathroom where you fight your way through the foliage to answer nature's call.

If you have to go:
Chung Yo

Tel: 866 800 422 800

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