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Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Interiors

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Published on September 09, 2009 with 1 Comment

Sometimes what you see is NOT what you get. Check out the following photos for an excellent example of the truth behind this statement.

This woman is getting ready to enter a public toilet in London.

Now that you’ve seen the outside view, take a look at the inside view…

It’s made entirely of one-way glass! No one can see you from the outside, but when you are inside it’s like sitting in a clear glass box! Now would you…COULD YOU….?


The concept of how we react to “seeing but not being seen” was put to the test by Monica Bonvicini in December 2003, when her work (entitled “Don’t Miss A Sec”) was installed at a construction site across the road from London’s Tate Britain museum. Bonvicini’s creation is a public toilet enclosed within reflective glass walls that allow the user to see out but prevent those outside from seeing in. It’s an exhibit that challenges whether we adapt to the idea of being able to view others passing in close proximity to us while we engage in an activity which we don’t want them to view.

Here’s another one. Imagine you are at a party on the 10th floor, and then you have to visit the bathroom. You open the door…
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Kinda takes your breath away, doesn’t it? Would you be able to use this bathroom? Or would you open the door and then shut it in disbelief?

Here’s the last one. It’s the ceiling mural in a smokers’ lounge.

I think the image speaks for itself.

Thanks to Megan Knight for submitting this information.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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  1. Those photos showed some intriguing rooms .
    The one way mirror toilet is especially unusual. I don’t think that I could be able use that facility.

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