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.

Update on 12/16/21: This video has been removed by its creator.

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?