Stars in their eyes

Thursday 16 Dec 2010

C. F. Møller design new star-shaped prison in Denmark to aid inmate resocialisation

Scandinavian firm C. F. Møller has won the competition to design a new closed state prison on the island of Falster, Denmark. Beating off stiff competition from schmidt hammer lassen, Henning Larsen Architects and Friis & Moltke and Arkitema, the winning design reveals a low, urban structure in varying shades of grey and green.

A key principle in C. F. Møller’s concept is the incorporation of sports facilities, areas for animal husbandry and gentle landscaping. Arranged in a basic star shape, the prison blocks – four regular and one high security wings – protrude out from the central administration building, an occupation building and a cultural centre with library, religious worship room, sport facilities and a shop.

Partner in C. F. Møller, Mads Mandrup, explains: "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 resocialisation of the individual and to create renewed confidence in the community and mutual respect for society as a whole."

The complex is part of a long-term restructuring plan and will replace the outdated state prison in Vridsløselille, originating from 1859. Designed to cater for 250 inmates, the new facility will include a network of streets and a central square, with various leisure and working resources.

C. F. Møller will work with engineering company Rambøll Denmark, Marianne Levinsen Landscape, design firm aggebo&henriksen and consultants CRECEA.

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