Restroom access affects everyone: people with medical needs or disabilities, caretakers, transgendered people, parents with children of the opposite gender, and really anyone with issues or needs around privacy. Image: Jasper Sanidad.
As designers, we spend a lot of time thinking about how people experience the spaces we design, and the best ways to optimize those experiences. In fact, we don’t just think about experience, we measure it—from how effectively people work in the offices we design, to how well they’re able to study in our libraries, or what they look for most in a trip to an outdoor mall. So when a client approached us last year and asked how they should design a gender-inclusive restroom for their workplace, we knew we had to get it right. Like anything else we do in life, using the restroom is an experience—albeit, a very private and necessary one.