Storstrøm Prison

 Storstrøm Prison. C.F. Møller. Photo: Torben Eskerod

Client

The Danish Prison and Probation Service

Address

Gundslev, Denmark

Size

32000 m²

Year

2010-2017

Competition

1st prize in architectual competition. 2010

Storstrøm Prison is the setting for the world’s most humane and resocialising closed prison, with architecture which supports the inmates’ mental and physical well-being and also ensures a secure and pleasant workplace for employees.

One of the project’s major architectural challenges is for the high-security prison, which can accommodate around 250 inmates, to be less institutionalised.

The overall architectural intent is to create a facility that echoes the structure and scale of a small provincial community. This will ensure a familiar and varied experience of the prison environment and keep the prison’s institutional atmosphere to a minimum. The townlike structure also resembles the surrounding villages, and is thus a natural element of the landscape.

To create further variation, facades and roof ridges are angular in different ways and the facade materials alternate between light-coloured bricks and a combination of concrete and galvanised steel – all durable materials which weather beautifully and do not need much maintenance.

The cells are gathered in units comprising four to seven cells, placed around a social hub. The units have access to a living room area and a shared kitchen, where the inmates prepare their own meals. The living room areas are decorated in colours which are less institutional, just as structurally-integrated art and artworks created especially for the prison can be found throughout the prison.

Daylight is important for people’s well-being and each cell has daylight flowing in from two windows, from where the inmates also have views of the surrounding landscape and the sky. Physical activity is also important for the inmates’ mental social welfare, and both indoors and outdoors, there are opportunities for sport, games and physical exercise.

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Team

Client consultant

Niras

Engineering

Rambøll

Architect

C.F. Møller Architects

Landscape

Marianne Levinsen Landskab Aps

Collaborators, other

CRECEA
aggebo&henriksen

Awards

  • 1st prize in architectual competition. 2010

Energy and sustainability

High performance thermal insulation

Daylight

Photovoltaic cells / solar heating

Ventilation

Low energy windows

Sustainable planning

Rainwater harvesting

Healthy building

References

  • 2017 Bygge & Anlægsavisen, p. 10-11
  • 2017 Byggeri #8, p. 10-15
  • 2017 Monocle #107, p. 122-123
  • 2016 Beton, #1, februar 2016, p. 18-19
  • 2015 Byggeri, #5 2015, p. 2
  • 2015 Politiken - Spis & Bo - artikel skrevet af Lars Hedebo Olsen
  • 2011 Archiworld 2011 # 189, s. 156 - 159
  • 2011 Arhitext # 217 p. 92 - 94
  • 2011 Casa&Mas #142, Mexico p.38-40
  • 2011 MARK, Another Architecture, # 31, april//maj 11 s. 16

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