Kim Wilkie Designs Grand Green Bathrooms for Longwood Gardens

GreenTracker| Anne took elements of her Carversville fire place to her new loft in Philadelphia, joking that she was creating an urban country look, enhanced by two sets of European double doors that open wide over the streets below.

Losing Carversville’s green magic has been heart-breaking, but tomorrow her new home city delivers a big punch, unveiling the ‘greenest’ ladies (and mens) room in North America at Longwood Gardens.

This extraordinary vegetated wall is the new public toilets at Longwood’s East Conservatory Plaza.

The bermed, arching pod-like complex is open to one side and supports a natural outdoor amphitheater on the other. The interior green wall is a total of 4,072 square feet, housing 47,000 ferns, embedded in a non-soil-growth medium. The wall acts like a filter and lung for the complex, removing an estimated 15,500 lbs of dust and toxin each year.

British landscape architect Kim Wilkie, who designed the East Conservatory project, calls his restrooms, known as loos or WCs back in his homeland, “lavatory cabinets” and “restroom pods.” The ones at Longwood Gardens are inspired by the baths and “water rooms” used for washing at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

Read on at Philadelphia Inquirer