The AmeniPODS look to sculptural simplicity as a guide for design and engineering decisions. Their mottled, polished exterior cladding creates a connected family of amenities that take on different appearances depending on the nature of their surroundings reflected on the units. The specific shaping of the form navigates accessibility requirements, breaks down the kiosk massing and maximizes the artistic reflections of people and place. The upper curves seamlessly continue below to form the shaped, protective concrete base. The re-envisioned restrooms improve upon performance and sustainability with multiple updates including the addition of interior skylights, low-flow fixtures and rainwater collection for washing the exterior shell.
The new urban public amenities come at a time of post-pandemic rebirth of street life in San Francisco. Today, safe hygienic public space is of the utmost importance. The new amenities represent an essential part of a larger solution to the continuing city challenges. They literally reflect San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods with their deep-rooted history while creating sculptural street furniture additions to our urban landscape that are forward-looking.