Cast your vote for the Ottawa Convention Centre as Canada’s Best Restroom


This is a photo of the exterior of the new Ottawa Convention Centre’s bathroom.  I think it looks like a giant futuristic toilet bowl.  I think that’s known as representational architecture.  (Please correct me if I’m wrong.)

It’s a finalist in the Canada’s Best Restroom contest.  Here’s what they say about it:

The Ottawa Convention Centre, which opened this year, is Canada’s newest meeting space. Its sophisticated ‘space-age’ style washrooms are quite a sight! Designers wanted to avoid one large bank of washrooms on each of four meeting floors, preferring to spread them out and place them where people expected washrooms to be. In order to accomplish this, the washrooms at the north end of Levels Two and Three are located inside a key design feature – the ‘orb’ – to maximize the use of space. These handicap accessible restrooms have no exterior doors leading in to the washrooms, which are accessed through curved entranceways. This prevents the spread of germs, as do the hands-free faucets. The curved entrances also keep light, odours and noise from escaping the washroom. The Ottawa Convention Centre uses a rainwater cistern located under the building to decrease water consumption by nearly 70%.

You can cast your vote here.

See also: Ottawa Tourism Guide
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OttawaStart Staff


2 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    One issue. I was there during the wedding show over the weekend and had my baby with me. Went into the ladies washroom to change him and there were no folding change tables. Maybe I misses the family washroom? If I didn't then it's not family friendly.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don&#39;t think it looks like a toilet but rather a boat!<br /><br />For the previous commentor – why not express this concern to some at the convention centre who is in a position to deal with it. I am sure that if it was an oversight it was not intentional and the feedback would be welcomed. Heck, I&#39;ll even contact them on your behalf…

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