If your favorite room in the house is the bathroom, there is a 74-year-old Korean man who shares your fascination. On November 11, Sim Jae-Duck plans to unveil the world's first and only house that is shaped like a toilet in Korea. The 4,508 square foot structure will be made from glass and concrete, and will feature all the amenities that you could want and, of course, some kick ass bathrooms.
Although the house is see-through, the bathrooms won't be. The main bathroom will offer music to listen to, a toilet lid that automatically raises when you enter the room, and a mist that will make you feel as comfortable as possible. It's part of Sim's campaign to promote cleaner toilets. Since poor bathroom sanitation leads to the millions of dollars being spent each year, he is working to have international standards set that will help to ensure that public toilets worldwide are as clean as possible. Sim, who is also a parliament member, is set to host the inaugural meeting for the World Toilet Association. On the last day, all the attendees will be invited to view his unusual home so they can see that toilets should be the center of people's lives.
The Toilet-Shaped house is named Haewoojae, which fittingly signifies in Korean "a place of sanctuary where one can solve one's worries." Sim plans to eventually live in the house, but until he moves in, it is open to anyone who wants to flush their hard earned money away. You can rent it by the day for $50K a pop. Sim's next venture is to create an IT toilet that will allow people to surf the web and/or check out their health while going to the bathroom.
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October 18, 2007