The Gathering Place Washrooms (Vancouver, B.C.)
The Gathering Place is a vibrant community centre with a mission to serve Vancouver's diverse population including people who are unhoused, individuals who are marginalized, seniors, newcomers, and the LBGTQIA2S+ community. When the City of Vancouver tasked Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects with renovating the Gathering Place's existing washrooms, with support from the City and Gathering Place staff and stakeholders, they focused on creating universally accessible, durable, and unexpectedly stylish spaces for folks that might not otherwise have access to inviting and fun public washrooms. One of the washrooms features a custom-built footbath with a bench for quick cleaning, while fully accessible showers are also provided. Access to clean, safe, accessible washrooms is a human right; making them charming and chic in the process is just a great idea. Using surprising colour combinations in tile, paint, and grout, anchored by simple white floors, vanities, and huge round mirrors, the facilities were designed to be easy to maintain, keep clean and safe to use.