Light Jackets

Light Jackets proposes transforming San Francisco's bathroom structures into beacons of light to activate the urban atmosphere.
(List finalist)

  • Type Urban Infrastructure
  • Location San Francisco, California
  • Area 200 sf
  • Date 2018

Light Jackets visually lightens San Francisco’s public restrooms, providing a flexible and easily customizable component providing additional light for both the interior and exterior setting. With this flexible approach, the jacket provides an opportunity to design a public interface commensurate with the evolution of the structures. JCDecaux / DPW have recognized opportunities for social engagement beyond the original aims of these structures. Functions such as outreach, hospitality, providing low-entry opportunities for businesses and organizations suggest these should be visually valuable as well as programmatically valuable contributors to the public realm. Bathrooms, especially, given their size and already added functions, could extend respite through seating / shelter and aid in wayfinding. Noting the emphasis on San Francisco’s unique qualities and natural beauty in the design documentation, we propose a metal or fiberglass skin perforated with reminders of the Bay Area’s natural splendors such as the fog, ocean and redwoods. By bringing these images to the sidewalk, the structures remind visitors and residents what makes San Francisco wonderful.

LED lights allow different moods relating to current events in the city

Kiosk design from day to night

Market street toilet proposal during the day time

Toilets and kiosks in its urban context at Market and 5th street

Perforated screen transformation from day to night

Proposed toilets to have integrated furniture and a protective awning

Diagram of the different exterior configurations

View looking at the San Francisco Ferry Building

Section perspectives of the Toilet and Kiosks in the Mission district and financial district

Existing locations of San Francisco's Toilets and Kiosks

Project Awards

Selected as one of the top 3 entries for San Francisco’s JCDecaux Public Toilets and Service Kiosks competition

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