New Danish State Prison / C. F. Møller Architects

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C. F. Møller Architects has won the competition to design a New State Danish Prison that will be in construction until 2016. The facility is designed to house approximately 250 inmates and is conceived as a small village that is integrated with landscape features, animal husbandry and housing within the confines of the perimeter walls.

Read on for more images and information after the break.

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The environment that is created within the prison is inspired by the condensed urban environment and derives its star-like shape from the surrounding sprawl of the rural area’s small villages. The environment of the facility is conceived as a place for a variety of spatial experiences, functional density and clarity of layout that an urban area can offer.

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At the center of the building complex is the administrative building, the occupation building, and a cultural center which houses a library, religious worship room, sports facilities and a shop. Four ordinary wings and one high security wing radiate from the center. The layout affords the architects to give each wing a view of the landscape, without allows visual contact between one another. The complex is bound by a plaza area and a sequence of streets that offer internal and external outdoor areas within the confines of the perimeter wall. Such a developed complexity and heirarchy of cultivated and natural land gives the illusion of openness and spaciousness within the complex.

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Each building of the complex has its own identity, and each building expresses an important part of the inmates’ experiential universe. The complex is the limit of the prisoner’s world, giving the total experience of the complex more meaning. Overall, the complex is clad in a warm, gray brick. The occupation building deviates from the norm and crystal-shaped and clad in perforated metal plates in green shades, while the cultural center is round and covered in glass ringed by green slats. The compactness of these structures allows room for the integration of sports facilities within the landscape, as well as areas for animal husbandry.

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The overall layout of the facility allows the inmates to percieve a world with possibilities within their confines by creating choice and diversity in space that mimicks the urban environment.

Architects: C. F. Møller Architects
Location: ,
Client: The Danish Prison and Probation Service
Size: 32000 m2
Year of competition: 2010
Construction period: -2016

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "New Danish State Prison / C. F. Møller Architects" 21 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <>


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    if i`ll be in that prison, i`ll be an architecture photographer as well, nice and friendly design!!!

    but not sure about security at those branch, seems some black spot out there, yes?

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    I cant help but feel that there is something horribly backwards about this scheme. Not at the fault of the architects, who seem to have designed a fantastic scheme, but in the sense that these living conditions look set to be better than the majority in most MEDCs. Maybe its just how they’ve presented it but it looks like more of an upmarket rehab centre than a prison!

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      Prisons have the function of a rehab-centre, to get people to change their habits.
      The punishment part of it is to take the freedom away from them the time they are serving their sentence, no more, no less, not to destroy the rest of their lives.

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    It’s just that it looks to expensive for a prison. In my opinion you shouldn’t have designer lamps and chairs in a prison. A lot of people live in homes that are worse than this. And i think it’s kind of a reward being sent to this prison. Maybe they will be smart and turn this into some sort of social housing, or cut on the floor to ceiling windows and donate the money to some other meaningful cause :)

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    One can judge the development of a society on the treatment of their prisoners. Denmark seems to be well developed.

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    Yeah, great for denmark. While one sixth of the worlds population are starving, their prisoners live in luxury. Don’t get me wrong i’m not an utopist but this is just to much.

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    if any one can help me, am working on prison design and i can’t found lot of data about the cells dimension and some other standards of the prison.
    so if any one have some data or any thing can help me so please just tell me and i will find a way to contact , thanks

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