ESKW/A’s new design of the Bronx River Comfort Station restroom facility harnesses green technology to promote sustainability. This unconventional facility is equipped with a composting toilet system and gray water garden which bypasses the city sewer system. ESKW/A’s system spares the typical pollution and saves water compared to the conventional flushing system. Not only does the facility expertly handle waste, the design creatively reuses it: hand-washing water is recycled into an irrigation system for the surrounding landscape. Although efficient, the facility is far from utilitarian: elegant, exposed wood rafters and generous skylights span the width of the rooms to maximize daylight. The natural colors and materials of the Eco-restroom nestle into the surrounding vegetation.
Attuned to the global necessity of environmental sustainability, the building also functions as a teaching tool to educate the Zoo’s younger visitors. Children can see firsthand the mechanics of green technology and the importance of conservation. For its unique design and commitment to sustainability, the Comfort Station was published in the March 2007 Eco-Structure magazine and was awarded Best 2007 Environmental Project by New York Construction Magazine.