deadline for submitting works


The 25th edition of the Geberit competition. "Bathroom Design 2023".

organizer: Geberit

The anniversary edition of the "Bathroom Design 2023" competition is underway. This time the challenge is to design a mobile public toilet, which will stand in the garden of the Zamoyski Palace in Warsaw. The partner of the 25th edition of the competition is the Association of Polish Architects SARP. {More}


The purpose of the competition is to select the best design for a mobile public toilet in the privacy of the Zamoyski Palace garden in Warsaw.

This year's partner is the Association of Polish Architects SARP.

For almost 25 years, Geberit has been organizing a competition for young architects and architects, male and female students - the "Bathroom Project" - aimed at drawing attention to the problem of the shortage of public toilets in Polish cities. This year the organizer, Geberit, is holding the competition under the Geberit brand, due to the strategic changes that the Kolo brand is undergoing in 2023.

The subject of the competition is the conceptual design of a mobile public toilet in the garden of the Association of Polish Architects SARP, which has its headquarters in the historic Zamoyski Palace on Foksal Street in Warsaw. The design of the mobile toilet will provide a universal solution for public toilets implemented in valuable natural and landscape areas of parks, sports and recreation or/and in the vicinity of buildings of high architectural value, including areas and buildings under conservation protection.

terms and conditions

The competition is open, participation is open to architecture students and young architects, individually or in teams.

The competition task is to design a mobile public toilet and present the development of the garden area at the Zamoyski Palace. The landscaping should include the proposed location of the designed toilet - the connections with existing facilities and landscaping should be taken into account and designed, keeping in mind communication constraints.

The exhibition and conference pavilion and the garden on the side of Aleja Na Skarpie are places within the entire complex where events for large numbers of participants can be held. The floor of the pavilion is placed at the level of the surrounding area. From the pavilion, without overcoming differences in ground level, it is possible to access the garden both from the east side - to the main part of the garden from the side of Aleja Na Skarpie, and from the west side - to the part of the garden at the back of the pavilion and the northern outbuilding of the palace. As a result, the exhibition and conference pavilion is accessible to people with reduced mobility. However, access to and from the pavilion is difficult. Problems are created primarily by the type of pavement on the accesses. Another major problem is the inability to reach the restrooms without climbing stairs along the way. The task of the competition is to solve the problems and make the events held in the garden and the exhibition and conference pavilion accessible to people with special needs, including those with limited mobility.

Participants and contestants are left to decide on the specific location of the mobile toilet in the garden. It is also allowed to locate in a part of the site other than the garden. The choice of location will be evaluated together with other design elements. Recommendations made by the jury may determine the need to change the location at a later stage of the design work.

The mobile toilet, which is the subject of the competition task, is intended to be a better quality alternative to the commonly used mobile toilets. Both for the most commonly used mobile chemical toilets made of plastic and for container toilets. The better quality is to refer to both quality of use and aesthetics.

The portable toilet is to be adapted for location in valuable natural and scenic areas of parks, sports and recreation, and/or in the vicinity of buildings of high architectural value, including conservation areas and buildings. The location next to the Zamoyski Palace in Warsaw, which is the headquarters of the Association of Polish Architects SARP, and the accompanying exhibition and conference pavilion should be treated as exemplary.

Thepossibility of producing, based on the concept presented in the competition, a larger number of mobile toilets should be taken into account.

When designing, the principles of universal design should be applied.

In order to ensure the transportability of the toilet, it should not be permanently tied to the ground and must be adapted to transportation by dividing it into transportable modules, as well as using solutions to facilitate its transportation.The external dimensions of the individual modules of the mobile toilet provided for transport should not be larger than those of typical sanitary and office containers, which are 6058 mm long, 2438 mm wide, 2800 mm high, respectively.

The mobile toilet is to be adapted both to the possibility of connecting it to the sewage system and to function in places where sewage systems do not exist. Therefore, waste water tanks are to be provided.

It is left to the decision of the authors and authors of the competition works whether the assembled toilet is to be a single unit or consist of several separate bodies. The issue of water and sewage connections, water and sewage tanks and the space needed for rainwater and gray water treatment and black water (dirty/fecal contamination) treatment should be taken into account. Participants are encouraged to seek various solutions in this regard - including the design of elements, having the character not of volumes, but of landscaping or small architecture.

The designed mobile toilet and the transformation of its surroundings, through its functionalities, should positively influence user behavior in terms of awareness of the value of protected natural resources, ecology, good accessibility practices.

The mobile toilet facility must be easy to clean and operate. The proposed exterior and interior (finishing) materials and design should take into account the year-round operation of the facility in the long term. The proposed materials should provide high quality and aesthetic workmanship, as well as high durability and resistance to damage and destruction.

The toilet should be equipped with GEBERIT brand products and other products offered by Geberit group companies.


  • sending questions to the organizer: until April 18, 2023,
  • deadline for submitting works and displaying them on the competition portal: until May 9, 2023, at 12:00 p.m,
  • publication of works of the online competition and voting of Internet users: from June 5 to 18, 2023, until 12:00 pm,
  • announcement of results: June 21, 2023, at noon.


The prize pool of the "Bathroom Design 2022" competition is PLN 60,000.

The organizers envisage awarding the following prizes:

  • Grand Prix "Bathroom Project 2023" - PLN 30 thousand,
  • distinction of the 1st degree - PLN 7 thousand,
  • distinction of thesecond degree - PLN 3 thousand,
  • three third degree honorable mentions - PLN 1 thousand each,
  • special award for bathroom interior design - PLN 5 thousand,
  • special award(universal design) - PLN 3 thousand,
  • special award(Eco thinking) - PLN 2 thousand,
  • Internet users' award - PLN 1 thousand.

There will also be a "Debut of the Year" award, in which the Competition Jury will select two people who will be given the opportunity to complete a month-long paid internship in an architectural office selected by the organizer.

Evaluation criteria for the main competition:

  • architectural qualities, ability to fit into the context of the surroundings,
  • functionality and innovativeness of the project,
  • pro-ecological, energy-saving solutions,
  • consideration of ergonomic and ergonometric requirements,
  • use of materials and technologies, of the highest quality, economically rational,
  • compliance of the development with the terms and conditions of the regulations.

competition court

The jury of the 25th edition of the competition consists of:

  • Prof. Ewa Kuryłowicz - Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology, Kuryłowicz & Associates,
  • Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys - member of the board of APA Wojciechowski Architekci, president of SARP,
  • Szczepan Wroński - founder and partner of WXCA, College of Competition Judges of SARP and Chamber of Architects of Poland;
  • Szymon Wojciechowski - chairman of the board of APA Wojciechowski Architekci, member of the Mazovian IARP, SARP,
  • Marlena Happach - architect and urban planner, director of the Office of Architecture and Spatial Planning,
  • Dorota Sibińska - architect, co-founder of the Xystudio architectural studio,
  • Agata Twardoch - architect and urban planner, professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology,
  • Jacek Tryc - architect, owner of the Jacek Tryc - interiors studio, vice president and member of the board of SAW,
  • Jakub Krzysztofik - architect and urban planner, president of SARP Łódź,
  • Aleksandra Wasilkowska - architect, stage designer, Pracownia Architektoniczna Aleksandra Wasilkowska,
  • Dr. Jerzy Grochulski - president of SARP from 2006 to 2012, Warsaw University of Technology,
  • Przemysław Powalacz - chairman of the board of Geberit.

The secretary of the "Bathroom Design 2023" competition on behalf of the Geberit brand is Justyna Zborowska.

more information

Rules and regulations with detailed design guidelines, information on locations and rules for submitting entries are available on the contest website.


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