This Camera-Shaped Building Isn’t Quite What You’d Expect It To Be


Every so often, something comes across our desks that makes us do a bit of a double-take. This was one of those moments.

What you see above is a building shaped like a compact camera. What is the building used for? That’s where it gets interesting. It’s not a camera store or an electronics repair shop, it’s a public restroom… seriously.

Located in Chongqing, China along Yuzhou Road, this building nails all the major details of a camera: from the shape, to the obvious lens in the front, to the shutter-button up-top (the last of those provides function in the form of a vent).

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen bathroom related objects and photography come together, but that doesn’t quite diminish its level of strangeness.

While there’s no confirmation on why this public restroom was made to look like a digital camera, people have gathered that it’s likely due to the city’s location, known for having a large electronics market. Then again, if we’re being honest, going to the restroom in a camera doesn’t exactly scream ‘homage to electronics.’

Take a look at the video above to see it in a bit better detail (but thankfully not too much). The only question remaining now is: do you have to go f/1 or f/2?

(via Lidtime via Digital Trends)

  • stavrography

    still better love story than oil spots

  • Arthur Brave

    Could it be… f1.4?? That would be strange…

  • ag

    Great place to dump your outtakes.

  • cryofly

    OMG… the first camera for the left handed… hold it in your left hand and click it with the left index. Some toilet builder seems to be more accommodating than camera builders

  • Burnin Biomass

    Cameras and bathrooms… 2 things that usually don’t go together without getting the police involved.

  • Chillywilson

    Chinese toilettes are gross.

  • clair estelle

    what an interesting photography inspired building!

  • geoff

    the sign on top that says “TOILET” clued me in.