Friday, 4 June 2010
The National Foundation of India commissioned Vir.Mueller Architects to design a prototype of public toilets to offer better public sanitation services to the people living in the Rajasthan area in India. The architects came up with the idea of dry-composting community toilets - a proposal that could be locally built, emit no waste and prevent groundwater contamination.
The design intended for Delwara village is a result of the problems noticed at a series of community meetings held with the villagers. Vir.Mueller Architects’ proposal is a greener answer to the present septic-tank-based toilet serving the village. The dry-composting toilet would divert the urine to on-site planter beds, while the solid waste would be collected in sealed drums, after which it would be burned in the scorching sun and sprinkled as fertilizer.
The design is seen as a way of creating a community space for the villagers. There is provision for rainwater collection from the metal roofs to a stone-wash basin, which will be used for cleansing and washing laundry. An orchard is also planned, to serve as a gathering place for village meetings and will give some relief from the sweltering heat.