Mark Frauenfelder at 5:45 pm Thu, Apr 26, 2012
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The glass floor in the bathroom of this house in Mexico looks down an unused 15-floor elevator shaft.
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I wonder how sealed-off that shaft is. An errant elevator repairman might get a naughty view, albeit some 150 feet overhead.
I also wonder if the lightbulbs are easily changed. Pooping over a lit 150-ft shaft would be disturbing enough. Pinching a loaf above a yawning abyss of blackness might be even more challenging.
I think it said that the elevator was never actually installed.
It did, but I wonder if there’s absolutely no access to it from below.
I’m going to go with the gaping maw of blackness being the more disturbing of the two.
I can see how this might inspire someone to crap themselves.
I cannot imagine how if I could even step in there, that I would be able to relax enough to let a single sphincter to open.
Yeah I can understand that when you ne…..wait…what?
You have more than one sphincter?
Maybe he’d be too scared to open his eyes (irises)
Your body has a variety of sphincters.
Do you have a cloaca?
Shel-Bot: Very well. I don’t understand why you’re not enjoying this. Together, in this car, with my enhanced capabilities, we’re like Knight Rider.
Leonard: Except in Knight Rider, the car isn’t a yammering sphincter.
Shel-Bot: You mock the sphincter, but the sphincter is a class of muscle, without which human beings couldn’t survive.
Shel-Bot: There are over 50 different sphincters in the human body. How many can you name?
Leonard: I was wrong, this is exactly like Knight Rider.
yeah…otherwise I just woulda said “rectum”. I am still hoping I will grow one in my mouth though….
That’s kind of what I was thinking. Sitting over that shaft might tend to bind things up a bit…
Picture is not working #corrections
Photographed by a Descriptive Camera that printed out the numbers of the floors the lift stopped at…?
When I was an undergrad, I had a calc prof whose office was in a closed in remodeled elevator shaft. There was still a sign on the wall of his office left over from the construction — Caution: Open Shaft.
He was, too.
One of the lift wells (Aussie for elevator shaft) in my engineering building at university was used as a microgravity experiment drop tower. There were warning signs on the barred-over doors on each level reading “Caution: Open Lift Well”, except on one floor it had become:
CAUTION: OPEN LIFT WELL PROPER GOOD
Being afraid of heights, my first reaction was, “Wow, I’d totally lose my shit if I had to go in there.” So…success?
They could stick a realistic mannequin down there, staring up at you.
Or fake up a pool with alligators.
Initially I thought: great idea! Then I envisioned sinking through 200 feet of balls, with no one aware I was even down there, my screams muffled by the jolly plastic spheres around me, slowly dying in the dark.
I’ll take an open pit, thanks.
Or an octopus pool like the 1940 version of The Thief of Bagdad!
Craping while looking into a giant bowel…
For maximum trolling the floor should have just a hair of metallic tint to it and the lights in the shaft should be off. After sitting down for 60 seconds the bathroom lights should go out, and one by one the lights in the shaft should come on starting at the bottom….
Might need a pressure washer to clean up that impending mess….
Even better, go for a mock-up missile nose cone!
I was thinking of the glass that has LCD built in so that it becomes opaque gray and then clear at intervals that can be set with a simple circuit. If the floor suddenly opened up when you were standing there? Shits and/or giggles.
oh hell no I wouldn’t tolerate that at all
I think I’d put helium balloons at the bottom to be released 1 minute after weight was put on the toilet seat.
And speakers at the bottom that play a recording of vuvuzelas.
Put some vents down by the wall and have them blowing a stream of air up (like you are falling) while playing the horns from Inception…
The whole place looks amazing. However, it looks like the “maid’s room” is about 6′ square.
Knowing Mexican architects –and I work for one of them– it could have been worse: they could have sent her to the bottom of the shaft.
It should informally be referred to as “the poop chute”.
Let’s hope that toilet can flush bricks.
Oh man, you could use that as a set piece in a spy novel!
How did they install the glass floor? Because I’d like to make sure that thing is secure and not about to break. It looks like the glass’s edges sit on a lip and then there’s cable and a brace to support the center. How much weight can that pane of glass withstand? Imagine having a party and everyone wants to go check it out…
The clear floor is probably ten times stronger than the opaque floor you would typically install. The bracing looks like a cop out to me. Something to reassure the viewer that there is something there.
Tempered glass is fairly strong, I just wouldn’t walk on it with diamond encrusted stiletto heels.
At least if I was shitting myself, I wouldn’t be shitting my self…
No one’s asked the obvious question – WHY?
Because it’s there.
Because it’s not there.
Actually I wondered if that’s where the poop goes, but I guess why works as well.
Acrophobia while taking a dump. How economical.
this is just waiting for a guy (let’s be honest, men) to get drunk and try to piss down the shaft – and make an absolute mess of the whole WC
i can think of no surer way to ensure sloppy aim than to put the toilet in a room where i can’t look down.
They must have the wildest parties
Nothing says, “Relax and make yourself comfortable in our home” like a glass floor in the bathroom looking down 15 floors.
shame there’s no spikes at the bottom.
I know the toilet doesn’t open into the shaft, but that would be pretty funny if it did. The updraft alone would make it nearly impossible to slacken one’s grip, so to speak.
The height doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that it’s a waste of space that could be turned into a really amazing 150 foot-tall bookcase.
I, think I love you.
“Died from falling from the top bookshelf”
or a really amazing 150-foot-tall septic tank
Because shitting over an oubliet is always fun.
I would not want to be the one responsible for changing the light bulbs.
Uh… ”What is a surefire way to keep me from taking a dump?”, Alex?
Good luck focusing on the bowl while you pee. Talk about a distraction.
This is clearly a ploy by a woman designed to have men pee while sitting, thus preventing the “toilet seat left up” issue.
I never understood that “toilet seat up issue.” If we leave it up, doesn’t it then guarantee you that we have not peed all over the seat, thus the seat is clean? But no, as a courtesy to women, men have to put the seat back down. That is why men make more than women working the same job.
Why can’t you just sit down? Peeing standing up still makes more splash and gets piss everywhere. It is a bad paradigm that only achieves one thing: it saves a tiny (and I mean TINY, it doesn’t take that long to drop your pants and sit) amount of time for men.
…or you can put the seat down, one motion.
I always get those “soft close” seats, so I can flip it closed and walk away.
Of course, I forget that many people don’t have them, so SLAM
I can assure everyone that this bathroom photo does not help a hangover.
Lights mean somebody has access to change them. Or best case scenario, a hole exists big enough to poke a tool through. Luckily there is no market for voyeur videos, and even if there were, Mexico is a wealthy country so nobody would be desperate enough to do it.
It’s cool looking but isn’t a really slick surface like glass kind of a bad idea for flooring? Particularly since certain… ahem.. “spills” might be more likely due to people being suddenly confronted by what looks like a 150 foot deep pit in the floor?
Is this to give the owner of the penthouse the impression they can piss on the peasants below?
Since I don’t see any evidence of a tub or shower, I conclude that this is a “half bath”, and a full bath exists elsewhere in the apartment. This is good, because I couldn’t set foot in this room without carpeting (or painting) the floor.
There was an architect, Paul Rudolph I think, who installed a glass bottomed bathtub in his own home. The folks in the room below could look up at the bathers.
Great! “Why are there curtains on the ceiling?”
I wonder if the shaft continues overhead.
man id seriously enjoy watching my turds drop 150 feet to a painted + lit target below.
I almost hate to admit it, but me too. But I’m currently celebrating my 35th year of being a 7-year-old boy.
This is clearly MINECRAFT inspired.
I’m not sure if this will help cure constipation, or make it worse. Arguably you could walk into the room, turn on the light and immediately crap you pants. OR if you make it to the toilet you might be too nervous to move your bowels.
Ironically, both could be considered “scared shitless.”
Technically, you’re supposed to close the seat and the lid before you flush because the flush sprays germs into the air.
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/germs-in-bathroom : According to Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of microbiology at University of
Arizona in Tucson, flushing the toilet with the lid up is not wise.
“Polluted water vapor erupts out of the flushing toilet bowl and it can
take several hours for these particles to finally settle — not to mention
where,” he says. “If you have your toothbrush too close to the toilet,
you are brushing your teeth with what’s in your toilet.”
(argh, this was supposed to post as a reply to Matthew Petty above. Lost the reply link during login?)
a few years back, there was an interesting happenstance at a conservation area not so far away from my home city of peterborough, ON… http://contests.eyeweekly.com/eye/issue/issue_01.04.96/NEWS/nak0104.php
my guess is that a photo like this would be prime porn for the poor arrested fellow.
oh, and by “poor,” i mean: sick and twisted.