The World’s Most Terrifying Bathroom Suspended Above 15-Story Elevator Shaft

NEW YORK | Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 12:00pm EDT

In Guadalajara, Mexico, the bathroom was built over an old elevator shaft and topped with a transparent floor.

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The bathroom of this new penthouse in Guadalajara, México, is situated on top of an unused 15-story elevator shaft. Photo: Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

If you’re afraid of heights, this toilet might have you feeling a little flush. But for the owners of this incredible penthouse, it is something they will have to endure every time they sit on their toilet, writes The Daily Mail.

The images of the scariest bathroom show the room of the new home is situated on top of an unused 15-storey elevator shaft.

When the owners carry out simple everyday tasks, such as using the toilet or brushing their teeth, through the glass floor they see the bottom of the shaft.

The luxury penthouse is situated on top of a 1970s Mexican colonial building in Guadalajara, México. The designer of this fantastic apartment are architects Hernandez Silva Arquitectos.

They explained the idea: “A characteristic feature of the project is that a volume that was originally intended for a second elevator, and was never installed, becomes a powder room with a glass floor that looks down all the 15 levels.”

They went on: “The PPDG penthouse is a great versatile modulated space, with great views and all this with the concepts of transparency and the simplicity of materials.”

However, it’s not the only restroom in the world which provides unexpected views, however. A glass-enclosed toilet in Japan has been recently named the world’s largest because it’s situated in the middle of a 2,000 square-foot garden.

Architect Sou Fujimoto revealed that he aimed to design a toilet for users “to enjoy this scenery and that feeling of release.”

Which is more, according to Spiegel Online, the list of commodes at high altitudes includes a waterless toilet situated in Mont Blanc, France sits at around 14,000 feet above sea level.

At an altitude of 4,260 meters (14,000 feet), the loos will be “the highest in Europe,” said Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of the Alpine community of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains.

“It was urgently necessary,” Peillex explained. With 30,000 climbers heading up Western Europe’s highest mountain each year, there will be plenty of demand for the high-altitude latrines, and it is not impossible that queues may form outside the two wooden cabins.

The toilets were made by the French company Ecosphère Technologies, which specializes in dry toilets for extreme conditions, and will cost €145,000 ($200,000).

Likewise, rumors persist that the highest interior space in the Chrysler Building is home to a porcelain throne.

As a Huffington Post report claims, if taking a dip rather than a dump while suspended stories up in the air sounds more appealing, plans for an apartment complex in Mumbai, India include balconies with swimming pools.

A planned 37-story apartment complex called the Aquaria Grande in Mumbai, India give to residents the opportunity to enjoy a small swimming pool attached to their apartment’s balcony.

The Daily Mail warns that although the pools may look enticing, it might be best to avoid any raucous games of Sharks and Minnows. At least that’s the concern of Gizmodo writer Jesus Diaz who called Hong Kong architect James Law’s swimming pool-studded design a “deadly accident waiting to happen.”

Though Mumbai housing sales have slowed down, it seems like the Aquaria Grande won’t have trouble finding people to occupy its spaces.

As India’s rich aren’t concerned about costs when it comes to luxury living, as indicated by the fact that another luxury building, the Imperial, has been able to fill 90 percent of its 228 apartments, The Huffington Post claims.

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