It’s bold, stylish, entertains you with slow jazz… It’s an Exeloo toilet unit.
Commonly found in parks and other public spaces, these futuristic little portals of convenience don’t often receive the discussion they deserve.
While the norm for those blessed to live nearby one of the 1,000 Exeloo units existing in the US, New Zealand and Australia, many others across the globe are left in awe of what we Aussies consider “just another public toilet”. What you may take for granted as background music and ordinary steel touches, foreign travelers to Exeloo lands have marveled on. So much so that fans of the Exeloo have taken to the internet to share what they’ve found, sharing videos on YouTube of their ‘experience’ with the world.
Not one but hundreds upon hundreds of videos.
Been to the Bunbury Exeloo? You don’t need to, join over 35,000 others in watching FergusonClanBlog capture it in two and half minutes.
The year is 1991, Exeloo’s General Manager births the idea of the Exeloo out of desire for a safe toilet for his children and an accessible toilet for his disabled father. A year later the first units are installed and in 1994 the first distributor is appointed in Australia.
Unisex cubicles, automatic doors and light jazz are the evident differences when compared with the rest of the public toilet world.
Key features include
- Low maintenance engineering
- Concealed magnetic locks
- Automatic night locking
- Minimal surfaces to touch to reduce bacteria transfer
- Again, the song
While many of the features between units seem the same, Exeloo offers six broad public toilet models including an array of automation options and finishes.
The burning question: what is the Exeloo song?
Who performs the song? When and what was the deal made? Is it Spotify-able? The answers to these questions are few.
Is it the same one song played in all Exeloo units?
According to YouTube research, yes, yes it is. Well at least in Manly and Ngaruawhia, New Zealand.
DOOR LOCKED. YOUR MAXIMUM USE TIME IS 10 MINUTES.
Words by Bec Whetham
Illustration by Sascha Tan