Culturally-sensitive toilets were a mandatory part of the building specifications for a new civic centre in Cologne.
"Toilets like these correspond to what is typical in Islamic countries," says Konrad Müller, a member of the civic centre's governing board.
"And we want to give people from these countries the feeling that they are at home here."
This also includes the option of doing without toilet paper - in Islamic countries, after doing their major business, people clean themselves with water, the governing board knows.
"So a water tube should be installed or a water container at least provided," according to Müller.
It is also clear that these toilets must be built in a North-South direction, not an East-West direction. "One does not shit in the direction of Mecca," explains Konrad Müller somewhat rudely.Source