Students design WC experience

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
Two students have won the chance to design a millennium experience - the toilets for the Government's centrepiece Millennium Dome, writes Roger Bushby.

De Montfort University architectural students Ian Griffiths, 25, and Sanja Uzelac, 23, were thrilled when their unconventional design was accepted by Armitage Shanks, the porcelain company. The students' design has won them a Pounds 1,000 prize.

It will be a tall, cone-shaped structure with toilets, a washroom, entrance foyer - and, in the educational spirit intended for the Dome by Minister without Portfolio Peter Mandelson - an exhibition on the history of the WC.

Without leaking any secrets The TES can reveal that the top half of the building will be glass. A special feature is the doors - made from liquid crystal glass - which turns opaque when the cubicles are occupied.

Ian said: "We were anxious to design something that was not only striking, but easily identifiable. There's nothing worse than not knowing where to find the loos."

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