Wembley WC Pavilion

Gort Scott, Wembley, 2013


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Golden public toilets near Wembley stadium

This is an unusual commission given the decline in provision of such services by local authorities. Standing over 5m tall the proposal commands a presence at the high point of the surrounding topography. Each of the building’s sides is subtly differentiated in response to the specific contexts, whether a busy road or public space.

The base of the building is constructed from concrete to withstand the anticipated knocks and scrapes of heavy use. Above head-height the structure becomes a filigree, shiny metal screen, allowing for light and ventilation without letting views in. The perforated screen further creates the effect of a glowing lantern during the evening.

The building has been carefully designed to reduce water consumption by collecting rainwater to flush the WC and using waterless urinals. To reduce energy demand LED ribbons have been used to light the building while 3No. PV panels help power the buildings utilities.


  • Begun: Dec 2013
  • Completed: May 2013
  • Floor area: 14m2
  • Sector: Civic
  • Total cost: £246,000
  • Funding: London Borough Brent
  • Tender date: Aug 2012
  • Procurement: Intermediate JDT
  • Address: Wembley WC Pavilion, Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 8DL, United Kingdom

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