Denmark opens the world's 'most humane' maximum security prison designed to teach prisoners to change their ways

11:59 • 25.12.17



The architect behind the 'most humane' maximum security prison in the world has said his luxury lock-up - which features spacious bedrooms, grass lawns and modern kitchens - is designed to lower re-offending rates.


Newly opened Storstrøm Prison - near the town of Gundslev in Denmark - has been created to feel like a university campus, with a minimalist Scandinavian look modelled on a traditional Danish village, the Daily Mail reports.


Costing over £100million and taking five years to build, Storstrøm can hold 250 prisoners in its 40 square foot cells - each of which comes with a fridge, 22-inch TV, large window and wardrobe.


Mads Mandrup, a designer at CF Møller Architects, told Co Design the jail was created to lower crime levels - something “traditional, less humanistic prisons”fail to do. 

He explained: “We truly believe, and evidently the statistics support us in this, that a hard and less-stimulating environment creates more re-offenders.”


The cells resemble dorm rooms rather than the bare, cramped and intimidating rooms usually associated with prisons.


Inmates get a comfortable bed, desk with reading lamp, private bathroom and a share in communal kitchens where they can make their own food.

 

There are also colourful common rooms for the criminals to socialise. 


The intention is to give the prisoners - most of whom are locked up for violent crime - as much of a normal, free existence as possible in a bid to accustom them to life in the outside world.


The newly opened Storstrøm Prison - near the town of Gundslev, Denmark - has been created to feel like a university campus, with a minimalist Scandinavian look modelled on a traditional Danish village

Costing over £100million and taking five years to build, Storstrøm can hold 250 prisoners in its 40 square foot cells, which come with a fridge, 22-inch TV, long window and wardrobe. Pictured: One of the communal living spaces prisoners share near their cells

Each comes with a private, modern bathroom

The cells resemble dorm rooms rather than the bare, small and intimidating rooms usually associated with prisons

Inmates get a comfortable bed, desk with reading lamp, private bathroom and a share in communal kitchens where prisoners can make their own food. Pictured: The main building at night 

The intention of the designers is to give the prisoners - most of whom are locked up for violent crime - as much of a normal, free life as possible in a bid to accustom them to life on the outside. Pictured: One of the spacious common rooms 

Mads Mandrup, a designer at CF Møller Architects, said the jail was created to lower crime levels - something 'traditional, less humanistic prisons' fail to do. Pictured: One of the prison's sports areas

Mandrup explained: 'We truly believe, and evidently the statistics support us in this, that a hard and less-stimulating environment creates more re-offenders.' Pictured: An indoor sports area at the jail 

Prisoners also have jobs at workshops on the site, alongside a church, grocery shop, library and playground for visiting family

A tranquil place to pray at the complex

During their downtime, the prisoners can wander about the campus - the size of 18 football fields - and enjoy study sessions, exercise, art classes or time praying. Pictured: The church 

But Mandrup said it will take more than a well-designed prison to keep down re-offending rates, adding that it would be 'naive to think that architecture can achieve this alone'. Pictured: A basketball net outside the prison 





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