It's not usually a topic that comes up in conversation, but here at Total Facilities, we are encouraging you to be proud of your porcelain palace.
Whilst the majority of people consider their visit to the bathroom as a discreet experience, at Total Facilities we were on the hunt to flush out Australia’s Best Bathroom for 2019. We’ve had airports, council buildings and RSLs but now it’s your turn to throw discretion to the wind and tell us about your toilets.
Entries are judged by a panel based on eligibility, design, functionality and innovation with the below criteria:
Design: How does the design of the bathroom, enhance or affect the environment
Functionality: What considerations have been made to address or improve functionality within the space
Innovation: What technology or innovative strategies have been employed to promote efficiency and cleanliness
5-star quality bathrooms boast features and finishes rarely seen in our nation’s clubs. The seven luxurious, private female cubicles with individual basins and stylish accessories and inlay metallic bronze feature tiles are a standout.
And to prevent the risks associated with slips and falls in high traffic bathrooms such as these, safety was a key requirement. Merrylands RSL’s timed flow taps and paper towel dispensers are located next to the basins to limit water spillage and also to improve hygiene. And custom-made mirrors combined with professional lighting design create a functional and stylish environment.
Energy and water saving features were also included in the bathroom facility with high end features built into the sinks, urinals and cubicles.
It's all in the details
The judging panel was impressed with the level of patron input into the design of the Merrylands winning bathroom, making sure that the bathrooms were not only stylish but serviceable.
“The female cubicles, in particular, provide ample space where our customers can hang their coat and bag, put their phone down and comfortably use the area,” says Steve Brady, Facilities Manager Merrylands RSL. “The location and design of this space mean it’s dry and feels clean when you enter.”
“We are delighted to be announced the 2018 winners,” says Steve. “A huge amount of time and effort went into this project in terms of presentation, functionality, safety and efficiency. We are proud to have delivered an award-winning world-class facility.”
The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) wanted people to be able to enjoy the benefits of nature without leaving anything behind. This pod-designed toilet, on the beautiful Skullbone Plains Reserve, is not only good for the environment, uses no water, has minimal odour and is low maintenance. Reducing human impact on the environment is a crucial part of the TLC’s strategy in managing their reserves for the future, so the role of this facility is more than a simple loo with a view.
259 George St , NSW - 3rd Place
With its ultimate commuter and cyclist arrival facilities far exceeding the luxury of any first class airline lounge, 259 George St offers it’s tenants 25 personal change suites with warm timber and Japanese tiles harmonise, to indulge and captivate the modern worker.
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, NSW - 4th place
Simple, yet elegant bathroom facilities offer the latest sanitary technologies and sustainable practices in this education facility. Tinted with bold and tasteful splashes of colour, the college’s amenities are a huge leap forward from a traditional student ‘amenities block’, using design to continue to inspire and spark tomorrow’s leaders, no matter where they are in the building.