Stopping at some smaller German motorway service facilities, you can be faced with: vandalism, poor hygiene and when it’s dark, a feeling of not being very safe. As part of a project for new rest areas on national motorways in Lower Saxony, architects from gruppepomp have developed a prototype W.C. facility which aims to be more acceptable to visitors by using galvanized mesh grating.
In a trial phase, 12 new facilities were built in seven locations. Aspects such as hygiene, anti-vandalism, and crime prevention during use were prioritised. A double hot dip galvanized facade was used for the design: a sub-structure to support the building and a mesh that covers the sub construction. In this way the module is protected from vandalism and graffiti. A bright mosaic adds a gentler and playful finish to the front elevation.
Image: Christian Richters
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