ILHAVO, Portugal—Like a loo-themed Where’s Waldo adventure book, architecture firm M2.senos has renovated a public restroom into a thoughtfully and elegantly camouflaged facility in a Portuguese cemetery using green ceramic tile and an abstract shape.
Unseemly and out of place, the original building’s size was minimized by carving out an abstract shape, which melds nearly seamlessly with the headstones in the cemetery adapting carefully to its context, designboom writes.
The new design seems to lack any information associated with a building: it has no doors, no windows, no shed, and no porch.
The architect wrapped the building in a vibrant green ceramic tile, which references a pattern found on the facade of its church neighbor as well as the cemetery’s natural greenery.
The design features abstract geometry adding a modern element to the cemetery designboom adds. It is built in with a passive solar design taking advantage of its north-south orientation for temperature regulation. The interior is white, allowing for a airy feel and natural light through the use of skylights.
Photography by Nelson Garrido
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