Opened in 1989, the glas pyramid in the main courtyard of the Louvre and the Napoleon Hall below were originally designed to accommodate 4.5 million visitors per year. Just 25 years later, the number of visitors is closing in on the 10 million mark - far surpassing the capacity of the entrance area, and creating a hassle for visitors. The too small infrastructure of the entrance area was no longer up to the large numbers of visitors. As part of the Pyramid Project, the reception area of the Louvre below the pyramid has been extensively redesigned over the past few years. The facilities required for the museum's logistics (cash registers, cloakrooms, toilets) were moved to the periphery of the pyramid without interfering with its architecture.
Over the course of this massive renovation effort, the Louvre chose Toto as the supplier for the sanitary facilities located in the Hall Napoléon. The Japanese sanitary company was a patron of the restoration process, donating toilets, urinals, washbasins and hand dryers for the men's and women's washrooms. Toto was not only interested in meeting the aesthetic requirements of the museum with its reduced design. Especially in this highly frequented public place, the company also wanted to impressive with the technical features of their products. So all ceramic products, toilet bowls and urinals feature the special CeFiONtect glaze. This highly durable coating is very resilient, and makes it difficult for bacteria and waste to accumulate on the surface. Furthermore, all toilets feature rimless bowls, which make them easy to clean as there is no rim to trap dirt and bacteria underneath. In addition, Tornado Flush produces a circulating whirlpool of water which cleans the entire toilet bowl very thoroughly - without any spray or mist which could spread germs to surrounding areas.
For a special comfort, the museum employees got Washlet shower toilets installed in the staff washrooms. Gentle warm-water cleansing, heated seat, adjustable water temperature and pressure should help to promote the feeling of freshness and well-being in the workplace.