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    Kawakawa’s Public Toilets

    February 6, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Kawakawa has a population of about only 1,500 people but we found it to be unusual. It has an architecturally significant public washroom and a steam train that runs down the Main Street of the town!

    What town do you know of that is known for its public washrooms? Haha. Kawakawa’s were designed by an Austrian-born artist and eco-architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who lived near Kawakawa in a house without electricity from 1973 until his death in 2000. His work focused firmly on opposing the concept of a straight line, and the washroom is a cobbled example of this.

    The designs in the washrooms are typical of his work with wavy lines decorated with ceramic mosaics and coloured bottles. The roof is covered with grass and plants. It all is very interesting and very quirky.
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