E.U.'s Loos: Admiring the Work of Our Favorite Whiz Kids

The flowers were alive five minutes ago.Photo: Daniel Maurer


When it comes to designing bathrooms, the guys at AvroKo are the bomb. We still have the bars of soap we pocketed as souvenirs of our visit to Public. So what about the design firms latest spot? As youll recall, European Union had to wait a while for its wine and beer license, presumably because residents of 4th Street were afraid that drunken patrons would end up peeing on their stoops. Poppycock! Who would do such a thing with facilities like these in house?

Concept: Fancy farmhouse, with cheery lighting, irregular tiles, exposed brick, a metal basin for sink, and a glass cabinet displaying daisies.

Privacy: The sliding doors of the two loos dont latch shut very tightly, and shadows dance disconcertingly in their frosted glass.

Amenities: A pint glass of potpourri, a whopping four toilet-paper spindles and an arsenal of back-up t.p. under the sink, ceiling speakers piping in Bloc Party and Arcade Fire.

Drawbacks: The old-fashioned spigots sometimes belch water too forcefully. When you return to your table, be prepared to deny that its backsplash.

Strategy: Waiters tend to loom near the doors; go immediately after youve sent yours on an errand so hes not all up in your business.

Rating: