Along Austin's Lady Bird Lake Trail near the Waller Creek Trail junction [about midway between IH-35 and Congress Avenue] is a very curious combination of style and function which I refer to as "the Iron Restroom." I was quite curious about the structure before it opened more than two years ago. I had no idea that it was going to be a public restroom until I jogged by one day and saw the orange "Men" and "Women" icons by the door.
I took a look inside. The little circular room, despite having the feeling of a prison cell after the heavy iron door slams behind you (watch those fingers), was quite spacious, curiously comfortable and anything but stuffy. I was more than happy to see public money being spent in an intelligent fashion. Quite frankly, it is far superior to my bathroom at home. It even boasts an outdoor shower with more water pressure than mine!
Built entirely of strategically spaced iron slats for flawless ventilation, the toilet, urinal, and sink are hardcore stainless steel. As well as achieving engineering and artistic marvelhood, it's also a paragon of durability, something sure to please all REI/LL Bean/Cabella's types who frequent the trail.
However, being such an awesome public facility, if it hasn't already, the Iron Restroom is certain to show up a few times on the police blotter. Small price to pay.
The only public toilets in the world that match the Iron Bathroom for cleanliness and spaciousness are those at Centraal Station, Amersterdam, and those are pay toilets.
What's your "World's Greatest Public Toilet"???
See Iron Toilet Photos and AV Tour below. Crank up the sound on the embedded AV. You'll want to hear everything!!!
Here is the AV Tour