colours of nowhere – motorway toilets, standard design model, lower saxony 2012

oker, drachenberg and schunter, places in germany. normally you pay them no heed as you drive by, rushing through space and time. but sometimes nature calls and you just have to stop – and then, what do you find? landscape, hills and valleys, visualised as a map, a different colour for each altitude level. at each of these places the design depicts the specific location – in a way that also renders graffiti redundant. these redesigned motorway toilets are gradually becoming a regular sight.

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motorway toilets
standard design model, lower saxony 2012


staatliches baumangement weser-leine

project team:
benjamin brinkmann
jan paul gaugler
raoul gottschling
angela klasar
julian körner
christian lindermann
philipp schäfer
justyna sikora
katrin theile
thanh-thao tran
hannah witte
andreas uebele

gruppeomp architektengesellschaft mbH

christian richters


  • german design award 2015, nominee
  • german design award 2014, nominee
  • if communication design award 2013, auszeichnung
  • deutscher designer club (ddc), gute gestaltung 13, bronze