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POWER TOILETS

Type: Public Toilet
Architect: NEZU AYMO architects [Skafte Aymo-Boot]
Client: Municipality of Heerhugowaard
Place: Heerhugowaard, Netherlands
Size: 55 m²
Team: collaboration with Superflex
Status: completion May 2010
Photo: Jeroen Musch
Award: winner The Great Indoors Award 2011

The exterior of the Power Toilets looks incomplete or timeless - like the backside of a stage set. The interior is a copy of the United Nations Security Council toilets in the UN Headquarters building in New York, reconstructed based on photos taken secretly by an ex-UN staff member. The same materials and detailing as in the UN toilets have been applied, and furniture and sanitary accessories were rebuilt to every detail. The UN represents the power from which individual rights and peace are protected and maintained. Bathers and waterskiers in the recreation area are now free to use the same toilets as the world's most powerful leaders.

POWER TOILETS /UNESCO

Type: Public Toilet
Architects: NEZU AYMO architects [Skafte Aymo-Boot]
Client: Gwangju Biennale Foundation
Place: Gwangju, Korea
Size: 82 m²
Collaboration: SUPERFLEX
Status: completion November 2013
Photo: Bas Princen, NEZU AYMO

Power Toilets engages its users in questioning the relationship between original and copy, exclusivity and original, and, ultimately, the infrastructures of power and everyday use.
In the South Korean city Gwangju we replaced a run-down public toilet with a copy of the toilets used by the Executive Board of the UNESCO headquarter in Paris. Gwangju was included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2011 as a place of origin of the movement of Korea towards democracy after the riots in 1980.

Power Toilets /UNESCO is realized in the frame of Gwangju Folly II. Artistic director: Nikolaus Hirsch