C. F. Møller Architects has won the competition to build a new, closed state prison on the island of Falster.
The new state prison for approximately 250 inmates is designed as a low, urban structure, centred round the various leisure and working facilities, which are connected via several streets and a central square.
The design creates an urban environment, interacting with the landscape on both sides of the six-metre tall perimeter wall. For this compact, urban structure means that there is also left space for natural and cultivated areas, areas for animal husbandry and for the integration of sports facilities in the landscape within the perimeter.
Mads Mandrup, who is architect and partner in C. F. Møller and responsible for this project, states:
Varied and stimulating environment
‘The inmates spend all their waken hours in the prison environment, and the architecture within the prison walls is therefore an extremely important part of their lives and experiential universe. That is why we have deliberately created a very varied and stimulating environment of different spaces and landscape features – hopefully this will contribute to the re-socialization of the individual and to create renewed confidence in the community and mutual respect for society as a whole.’
In the centre are an administration building, an occupation building and a cultural centre with a library, religious worship room, sports facilities and a shop. Radiating outwards from here are the prison blocks – four ordinary block wings and one high security block wing.
Each individual building in the total complex has its own identity. Overall, the complex is in a warm, grey shade of brick. Variation is provided by, amongst other things, the occupation building, which is crystal-shaped and faced with perforated metal plates in green shades, and the cultural centre, which is round, covered with glass and ringed by green slats.
Dynamic, star-shaped perimeter
With its corners and variations, the six-metre tall, star-shaped perimeter wall creates a dynamic sequence which gives a less restrictive appearance by providing a sense of dialogue with the outside world.
The winning proposal will be exhibited in the library of Nørre Alslev, Falster, in December. In 2011, all the competition proposals will be exhibited at Akademisk Arkitektforening, Copenhagen.