A extremely hyped new SF toilet hailed as “the way forward for public bogs” lasted solely three days into mentioned future, because the high-tech toilet kiosk rapidly needed to be relieved of its obligation and located itself closed for repairs.
A model new, glossy, high-tech, free public restroom was unveiled Wednesday with nice fanfare and an enormous to-do press convention at its foot-of-Market-Avenue location. The Chronicle gave the brand new lavatory a glowing writeup calling it “The way forward for public bogs,” with an architect from the bathroom kiosk’s design agency SmithGroup saying, “The concept is to make it as indestructible as potential,” and “We spent plenty of (design) time developing with one thing to have a look at that might even be easy and sturdy from a technical standpoint.”
However about that “sturdy” half. The brand new public toilet broke down Friday afternoon, on simply the third day after its ballyhooed opening. As of Saturday morning, technicians had been nonetheless at work on the out-of-service kiosk.
The difficulty seems to have began Friday afternoon round 4:30 p.m. As seen above, it positive appears to be like just like the commode bought caught misplaced in the course of the unit’s self-cleaning cycle. SFist heard the on-duty attendant inform a supervisor that “some woman went in there,” and after she got here out, the mechanized commode had not lowered again into the sitting place following the self-cleaning cycle.
The attendant and supervisor didn’t appear thrilled that we had been taking photos and asking questions.
Repairs had been nonetheless underway Saturday morning, with technicians on the scene. They merely instructed us, “it’s not working,” with no timeline for the lavatory’s reopening.
You’ll discover the technicians’ vests say JCDecaux, which is the Paris-based “road furnishings” and promoting firm that operates and maintains these 25 bathroom kiosks round city (those you’re used to seeing are inexperienced and vintage-looking, whereas this new stainless-steel unit is the primary of their modernized replacements). JCDecaux additionally operates 114 extra non-bathroom promoting kiosks across the metropolis, all of that are transitioning to this new stainless-steel exterior, with this Ferry Constructing toilet kiosk being the primary new one launched.
However JCDecaux didn’t really design these kiosks, that are apparently the primary of their variety. The aforementioned design agency SmithGroup designed them, and so they’re known as “AmeniPods.” SmithGroup says in a press launch that “The brand new public bogs might be distinctive to San Francisco,” and SmithGroup’s Initiatives web page doesn’t record AmeniPods as being in use anyplace aside from San Francisco. So that they’re fairly model new, and should not have been largely examined.
That mentioned, SmithGroup is simply the design agency, JCDecaux is chargeable for the upkeep and maintenance of those kiosks. SFist has reached out to JCDecaux for touch upon when the items could also be open once more. We’ll replace this publish with any remark, however understand it’s Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
And positive, it most likely received’t be lengthy till this factor is fastened and again up once more. It is a good design and (when working) an important free amenity for most of the people. However actually, Day Three is fairly early for this so-called bathroom of the longer term to already be breaking down and needing critical repairs.
All 25 of those kiosks will finally tackle the identical stainless-steel exterior (and inside components seen above) as this just-broken one close to the Ferry Constructing. Media protection of those new bogs has famous that town isn’t charged something for them, as JCDecaux handles upkeep and set up prices in alternate for the promoting house.
However with this new “futuristic” mannequin now within the fritz, we could also be getting what we paid for with these free public bogs.
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Pictures: Joe Kukura, SFist