Bryant Park

Design

Graphic Treatment Softens Temporary Restrooms

Design team helps an unattractive necessity blend in with its beautiful surroundings.

When Bryant Park closed its restrooms for renovation, we had a dilemma: how best to serve our guests in need of relief. After considering a number of options, we settled on installing four temporary portable toilets. 

Portable toilets may serve their function efficiently, but let’s face it, they’re not always great to look at. In a public space known for its beauty like Bryant Park, they’re going to stand out, and not in a good way.

Our solution was to wrap all four portable toilets with a single wooden case covered with a horticultural-themed graphic treatment designed by Senior Graphic Designer Eric Mueller. The effect is terrific. Glanced at from the back or sides, the leafy design of the cover allows the site to blend in perfectly with the rest of the park.  

As with many aspects of Bryant Park, this may seem a small thing, but it’s important to us. Attention to details like these keep us ahead of the pack. In the meantime, work on the permanent restrooms continues. Winnie Hu of the New York Times recently wrote an article about the renovation of our facilities. It’s a good read that goes in-depth about the history of the restrooms and Bryant Park Corporation’s insistence on keeping them clean, beautiful, and pleasant to visit. 

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