Concrete barrel vaults created in Albury to be an alternative housing model are instead finding a niche as roadside or park toilets.
Four toilets built by EnviroDome are bound for a sports park in Dubbo this week, following earlier projects for councils in Myrtleford, Stacey’s Bridge and Winton Wetlands.
Architect Paul Simpson, of EnviroDome, said he designed the vaults seven or eight years ago but the market for them as homes remained small.
“We looked at what else we could use them for and thought about toilets,” he said.
“So we pursued that and that’s working out OK.
“They’re exceedingly robust, so particularly in forested areas, if there’s branches drop off trees, they’ll bounce off.
“Everything’s designed to resist vandalism and to look good for a long time.”
The EnviroDome team includes Larry Rohan and Peter Clancy, with contributions from businesses like Krautz & Summerill, Phil’s Custom Steel and Stoddart.
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