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UK Prisons

8bwx3zyf-1390999819” If the [UK] government is determined to build more prisons, it should mobilise the spatial intelligence of our best architects, not magnify the mistakes of Victorian jails.”

Read more: Pile ’em high: Britain’s £1bn plan to build nine warehouse super-prisonsThe Guardian

“Britain has a once-in-150-years opportunity to design a new prison estate that provides environments that are safe and secure but also sensual and stimulating, for inmates and staff. Prisons that provide opportunities for education and meaningful work, but that also promote values such as empathy, trust and hope. If we take this opportunity, we have a real chance not only of transforming lives, but of reversing the inexorable rising tide of prisoner numbers that we have seen in the UK over the last 35 years.”

Read more: How to build better prisonsThe Conversation, 25th February 2016


Halden Prison (Halden fengse), Norway


Inside Halden, the most humane prison in the worldThe Guardian


The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden PrisonNew York Times



Details of the new, closed state prison in Falster, Denmark for approximately 250 inmates by architects CF Møller


Mas d’Enric, Tarragona, Spain

“Concrete and stone buildings with sculpted green rooftops are arranged around generous courtyards at this prison complex near Tarragona, Spain, by AiB Estudi d’Arquitectes and Estudi PSP Arquitectura”

Read more: Mas d’Enric Penitentiary by AiB and PSP, de zeen Magazine

“The prison is an uncomfortable institution and its architecture is often subjugated to technocratic criteria. This servility forces the prison out of the sociocultural realm where it belongs, thus erasing it from public discourse. The invisibility of the penitentiary as an institution demonstrates an unresolved contradiction underlying contemporary society. We intend to explore this contradiction through architecture. A prison must respond to the demand for discipline (confinement) and liberty (reinsertion) at the same time. Within this complex framework, architecture can make use of its ability to synthetically articulate problems that seem contradictory to become an active agent in resolving the paradox of the contemporary penitentiary. Based on our experience with the Mas d’Enric penitentiary, we claim the prison as an object of critical design and we reclaim architecture’s role in multiplying possibilities as opposed to limiting them.” AiB estudi d’arquitectes

Read more: Mas d’Enric PenitentiaryArch Daily


Heidering, Berlin

800px-JVA_Heidering_KW_2013_35“The new development of Heidering prison anticipates secure capacity for 648 male inmates in 3 X-shaped facilities and also includes a complex of buildings for ‘work facilities’. Several central considerations have shaped the design concept for the
prison: an economical approach through taking prevailing topographic circumstances into account, compact buildings, short connecting routes and a short security perimeter. Furthermore, creation of the spatial conditions necessary for a secure, humane prison regime and optimum working conditions. The establishment of distinct, high quality open areas for periods of exercise and recreation, areas in which the changing seasons can be experienced properly by inmates. These considerations have led to an urbanistic concept with a ‘justice expressway’ at the centre – a roofed glass walkway connecting all parts of the prison.” hohensinn architektur

Read more:project prison heidering, hohensinn architektur


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