• New Taipei

Remodeling of Family and Gender-Inclusive Restrooms


#SDG4 - Quality Education

#SDG5 - Gender Equality

Renovation of the east- and west-side restrooms on the first floor of New Taipei City Plaza

1. Commencement: September 2, 2019. Completion: November 30, 2019.

2. Expenditure: NT$3,055,352 (of which NT$1,888,000 was subsidized by the Environmental Protection Agency).

3. Highlights:

This public-restroom renovation project highlights gender equality and is jointly promoted this year by the Secretariat and Social Welfare Department of New Taipei City Government. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency assisted in securing a subsidy from the central government, and the Public Works Department helped confirm accessibility-related regulations (in addition to ensuring that accessible facilities complied with regulations, the department installed nursing beds to improve service quality), making this project the result of interdepartmental collaboration.

4. Beneficiaries:

(1) Members of the public with children visiting the plaza for business or leisure

(2) Caregivers and individuals in the care of someone of a different gender who must use the space together (including parents and children of different genders and older adults)

(3) Intersex or transgender people

(4) Women whose waiting time for the restroom is reduced because of adjustments to the number of men’s and women’s restrooms

5. Considerate design concepts:

(1) Same entrance regardless of gender: Unlike conventional restrooms for which men and women are separated at the entrance, gender-inclusive restrooms allow users to use the same entrance regardless of their gender or age and select appropriate toilet facilities (seated toilets, squat toilets, or urinals). This is a universal design concept.

(2) Integrated toilet–sink equipment: Integrated toilet–sink equipment is installed in the three restroom stalls with seated toilets. This equipment is convenient for people during their menstrual period and particularly those who use menstrual cups because they can wash their hands in the stall (Fig. 1).

Integrated toilet–sink equipment

(3) Nursing bed: For the comfort of older adults or those requiring care, high-quality nursing beds are installed in the accessible toilets (Fig. 2).

Fig. 2 Nursing bed

(4) Dressing platform: When visitors must change clothes during their outings, they can stand on the considerately designed dressing platform without worrying about their clothes touching the restroom floor and becoming stained (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3 Dressing platform

(5) Privacy and safety: floor-to-ceiling restroom partitions have been adopted, emergency call bells have been installed in each stall, and monitoring facilities have been installed at the restroom entrances.

(6) In addition to adjustments to the number of men’s and women’s toilets in the west-side restrooms (2 men’s toilets and 7 women’s toilets), the area of the original family restrooms has been increased, and relevant family care facilities have been added (Fig. 4). Moreover, family-friendly facilities have been established in the men’s and women’s restrooms (Figs. 5 and 6).

Fig. 4 Relevant facilities in the family restroom

Fig. 5 Family-friendly facilities in the men’s restroom

Fig. 6 Family-friendly facilities in the women’s restroom