Eye-Popping Possibilities

These conceptual designs for “frog” restrooms serve the playground in the new Mill River Park in Stamford, Conn. The park’s master plan called for the service buildings to “be the art” in the project. The adjacent playground, on a thin strip of land, was developed by volunteers with a fairytale theme. The design addresses the playground by expanding the narrative of play. The facilities were designed to establish an identity for the park rather than the city. 

The two frog facilities consist of a manufactured modular concrete restroom unit with a topiary armature. Plastic dome skylight “eyes” provide natural light to the bathrooms during the day and a glowing presence in the park at night. Red fiberglass sliding doors close off the bathroom entrance during the evening, allowing the frogs to reside as whimsical objects when not in use.  

Information provided by Elizabeth Candela, Development and Marketing, Marvel Architects, New York, NY