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The jaw-dropping public bathroom so beautiful it has become a tourist attraction. What do YOU think?

by Staff



Is this the world’s most incredible public bathroom?

Some believe it is, with publications hailing it a ‘lavatory experience like no other’ and a ‘palatial sanctuary’. And – after scrolling through the pictures of it below – you can have your say in our poll at the end.

The deluxe bathroom is tucked away on the sixth floor of the Deji Plaza shopping centre in Nanjing, eastern China.

From a lavish hallway with a flower-speckled fountain to wallpapered walls embellished with Champagne-gold grilles, let alone being incongruous with the concept of a public bathroom, its design could even be deemed excessive in a five-star hotel.

Other standout features include a decadent dressing area with vanity mirrors fit for a film star and a voguish seating area, furnished with velvet-esque sofas and a striking accent chair.

This public bathroom is located on the sixth floor of the Deji Plaza shopping centre in Nanjing, eastern China
Standout features include a decadent dressing area with vanity mirrors fit for a film star
The washroom features a voguish seating area, furnished with velvet-esque sofas and a striking accent chair
The bathroom walls are embellished with Champagne-gold grilles
The seating area displays delicate tones of blush pink, mauve and orange

Its plump cushions, displaying delicate tones of blush pink, mauve and orange, help to fashion a welcoming oasis where shoppers can flop down and rest in style, despite loo proximity.  

Visitors can also admire the glossy black-and-white flooring, the sprawling plants and even the bathroom ceiling, which is gilded with bee-like gold ornaments. 

The architecture firm behind the design, Shanghai-based X+Living, said the bathroom has become so popular that tourists are flocking to the shopping centre, just to see it. 

Brand director Cecilia Huang told MailOnline Travel: ‘Many people specifically come to the mall to visit, take photos, and share them on social media, making it a phenomenal tourist attraction.

The bathroom was designed by Shanghai-based architecture firm X+Living, which said it has become so popular that tourists are flocking to the shopping centre just to see it
The bathroom’s popularity has grabbed the attention of brands like Jo Malone, Maison Margiela and Burberry
The designers wanted to create a ‘functional public space’ that combines art with leisure

‘The high level of discussion has also attracted attention from some top-tier brands, such as Jo Malone, Maison Margiela and Burberry.’

X+Living was initially tasked with designing ‘a simple washroom upgrade’.

Cecilia said: ‘The client wanted to upgrade and renovate the space and configuration to match the luxury positioning of the Deji Plaza mall.’

Design features include glossy black-and-white flooring
The bathroom is decorated with sprawling plants and a ceiling gilded with bee-like gold ornaments
The accessible toilet has a marble-like floor and gleaming fixtures, as this picture shows
Some of the bathroom’s vanity mirrors sit above decadent wash basins
Urinals are separated by Champagne-gold grilles

What followed, however, was the firm’s more ambitious idea to create a ‘functional public space’ that ‘combines art appreciation and leisure experience’, she explained.

Shoppers are welcomed into the facilities via a long corridor that breaks out into three separate areas, comprising the ‘art experience hall’, the ‘rest area’ and the ‘washroom’, Cecilia said.

‘Furniture, washbasins, and other functional items were designed to be like art installations,’ she added. 

The bathroom boasts an ‘elegant and fresh’ style and is based on the concept of a ‘Sanctuary Garden’
Photos show the WC to be a welcoming oasis
Natural wood veneer in the toilet area is designed to complement the Champagne-gold grilles

The green wallpaper and curved grilles together with the greenery create a ‘vibrant atmosphere with an insect-inspired structure’.

Natural wood veneer in the toilet area, meanwhile, is designed to complement the Champagne-gold ‘artistic grilles’ and the fountain’s splayed flowers, creating an ‘elegant and fresh’ style based on the concept of a ‘Sanctuary Garden’.

It’s no wonder the bathroom is getting lots of praise.

Let alone being incongruous with the concept of a public bathroom, the design of the space could even be deemed excessive in a five-star hotel
The green wallpaper, curved grilles and greenery create a ‘vibrant atmosphere with an insect-inspired structure’
Strip lighting around the ceiling helps to create a ‘soothing atmosphere’, according to Architectural Digest
Weary shoppers are transported into a ‘palatial sanctuary packed with plant life’

Business Insider said the ‘fancy washroom’ is ‘like a whimsical garden straight out of a fairytale’ and a ‘lavatory experience like no other’.

While Architectural Digest said it ‘transports weary shoppers into a palatial sanctuary packed with plant life’, with strip lighting around the ceiling also helping to create a ‘soothing atmosphere’.

Functionality was not forgotten – in addition to regular bathroom plumbing, there is also a nursing room, an accessible toilet and a parent-child room.

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