I never wanted to be that guy, but there I was, in the public restroom with my digital camera. But the cause was good. Inspired by the Pulitemporary’s toilet talk, I wanted to make you privy (bad pun) to a recent accolade. Restroom Ratings gave the Walker’s bathrooms a 9 on their 10-point scale. What’s curious is that when the review came out in June, our score was a notch or two lower, and the review didn’t include the new Herzog & de Meuron-designed bathrooms in the expansion. Today’s rating is higher and mentions the new loos.
The new bathroom’s “Apple-meets-World Dryer Corp” aesthetic is described thusly: “The sleek black restrooms…with floor-to-ceiling stall doors of sleek white… are reminiscent of a first-generation iPod… And the lighting is, as it should be in a good rest room, dim enough as to not see too many details–a unique counterbalance to the bright, stark galleries.”
It’s good news, because six years have passed since our bathrooms got their last rave review: in 1999, the Cowles Conservatory in the Walker-run Minneapolis Sculpture Garden won Best Public Restroom in City Pages‘ “Best of the Twin Cities” issue.
Drop by and try them, won’t you?