Patrons' bananas and coconuts on display in The Monkey Room
The 25h (Twenty Five Hours) Hotel Bikini recently opened in Berlin. The ten-story building is one of many from the 25Hours group that designer Werner Aisslinger describes as "designed-oriented boutique hotels." At the top floor, one can dine in a 360-degree, panoramic-view restaurant appropriately named The Monkey Bar, and take in the scenery of the Berlin Zoo and surrounding property. Like all sit-down restaurants, this one provides restroom facilities for its patrons. But I wouldn’t recommend using them, especially if you expect any privacy, for the restrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and pedestrians have started taking pictures of the diners using them.
And it’s not like the toilets are farther back in the rooms, either. As you can see in the photo below (courtesy of The NY Daily News), the toilets are situated right against the windows.
When alerted to the issue, management took action, but it was not exactly what you would expect. They did not install curtains. They did not set up a waist-high modesty screen. Hell, they did not even send one of the janitors to the local Real to pick up a few roles of that frosty window cling stuff Gramma used to slap on her bathroom windows, because you know, the neighbors are peeping toms and perverts are everywhere. Instead, they ordered a few signs to be put up to alert patrons of the issue: "Please be careful, not only the monkeys are watching. The hotel's half-assed decision is rather surprising, especially considering that Aisslinger was named 2014 Designer of the Year by Germany's premier architecture magazine A&W. It is hard to believe that someone with such a strong presence in the architecture world would want to be associated with this type of design flaw.
Personally, I would rather look up and see crappy frosty window cling material than someone taking a crap.