This is the male public restroom at Celestial Heights in Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong. The room boasts a positively luxurious 2.5sqm of floor space, into which eight urinals are squeezed. Eight urinals, with less than 15cm separating each one.
There are some obvious problems here. The first is purely physical: with a full quota of users, men are going to be touching shoulders and backs while they’re at their business. Nobody wants to touch another man while urinating; it’s just not right.
Second comes psychology. This room is a living hell for anyone with paruresis. Paruresis, in case you’re not familiar with the term, is a phobia in which the sufferer is unable to urinate in the presence of others. This is a high-pressure restroom, no question.
Sure, urinal layout isn’t necessarily easy, but someone really dropped the ball here. What I want to know, though, is whether this is the most socially unacceptable restroom in the world. Let me know if you’ve found worse. [BWG via Geekologie]