In order to make the sanitary modernisation of Berlin’s old housing blocks more efficient and economical (thus saving them from being torn down), architect Georg Kohlmaier and artist Barna von Sartory invented the “backpack toilet”. These took the form of modules made of plastic which could be easily hung onto the windows of the old buildings, providing them with a shower and a toilet. Due to official security standards and building restrictions, the project never came to fruition – despite their innovative use of animated movies like this to attempt to convince the city’s officials.
Film by Georg Kohlmaier and Barna von Sartory
Shared with the kind permission of Berlinische Galerie in connection to their exhibition “Radically Modern. Urban Planning and Architecture in 1960s Berlin”: berlinischegalerie.de/en/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/radically-modern