The Railway Toilet
31 % of Mumbaikars use suburban railways, how do we decongest our stations and design high capacity Toilets for this heavy influx of people ?
The public toilets at a railway station are always located abruptly along the platform, where they obstruct the commuter’s movement. The project looks at the structural system of the staircase that leads people to the crossover bridges as a potential site for accommodating toilets. The structure of the staircase currently is in the form of multiple columns that makes the underneath space residual and unusable. The project introduces a new structural system for the staircases in the form of a high spanning steel arch, that, within itself houses the toilets for the commuters. The space of the steel arch is designed like a steel skeleton with infill panels of stained glass to enable good ventilation and privacy at the same time. The skeleton also incorporates drinking water and food vending dispensers to facilitate the commuters.