IDPA Japan Design Award

2024 International Design Pioneer Award | Japan Tokyo
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Toi San Public Toilet, Macau

by Urban Practice - Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, Ltd.

Project Description


The public toilet is located in a small park near Toi San, Macau and is used daily by locals as a place for exercise and social interaction. Our aim was to achieve a harmonious integration with the park surroundings, showcasing greenery through the use of green and sustainable strategies. Our architectural concept was inspired by its location in the park and the history of the site as the site of a small vegetable garden. We proposed a contemporary approach to extending the mass of the existing building, this new architectural language uses modular planting fixtures to create a sophisticated original architectural display of green and sustainable design in a local community hub space.

Urban Practice - Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, Ltd.


URBAN PRAC`TICE is a Macau-based research practice that operates on the contemporary city in the fields of architecture, urban planning and design. It was founded by Nuno Soares in 2014, after more than 10 years of professional experience in Macau as an architect. The projects developed at URBAN PRACTICE encompass different scales and themes, from buildings of various sizes and nature, to public space, urban plans, heritage renovation, cultural facilities, commercial venues, housing, installations and exhibitions, furniture and product design.
Immersed on the urban context, Urban Practice has the city as its inspiration, embracing its problems and conditions as opportunities to discover innovative solutions that can shape the future urban environment. The practice thrives in a collaborative atmosphere that promotes a constant creative interaction between the team, the clients, and the associate companies, individuals and institutions. The results are concept-oriented projects, devised as a contribution for the construction of the contemporary city.

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