Down on the waterfront between Shed 11 and Foxglove the construction of the ‘lobster loos’ has quietly started behind a discrete plywood hoarding. No doubt these will be ready in time for revellers at the rugby world cup.
The last we heard of the toilets was late last year when councillors voted 8-6 to proceed with the two toilets at a cost of $375,000. At the time there was some controversy over the cost given the recession and council spending cuts. These toilets were designed to be ‘iconic’ and there is obviously a price to be paid for an instant icon. For some the cost of the form did not correspond to the value of the function or was it that the value of the form did not correspond to the cost of the function. So it will be interesting to see the toilets when they are complete, and to see how they are used – in terms of both their form and their function.