Longwood Gardens is home to a bevy of bucolic fields and meadows, many displays of floral wonder and some stunning architecture. Will it soon be home to America's best restroom? Joe DiStephano over at The Inquirer reports that it's one of the ten finalists in Cintas' America's Best Restroom Contest. Designed by British landscape architect Kim Wilkie, Wells Appel Landscape Architects from Philadelphia and FMG Architects from New Jersey, the East Conservancy Plaza is comprised of 17 bathroom pods with heated floors and individual skylights. It prominently features a terraced landform and a restroom area that's covered in the largest living wall in North America consisting of over 47,000 ferns and sub-tropical plants. One long continuous skylight floods the hallways with light to create a greenhouse for the living wall while offering a restroom experience like no other.
Longwood Gardens explains what goes into making such an incredible green wall as well the design and many influences of the plaza:
A dude named Mike Petrucci gives you a private tour of the bathroom experience on Youtube:
· Is 'America's Best Restroom' off US 1 near Kennett Square? [The Inquirer]
· Introducing The New East Conservatory Plaza [Longwood Gardens Blog]