Twelve Architects to turn the ruins of Bodmin Jail into a hotel

An abandoned and bat-infested 18th century prison in Cornwall, England, is being turned into a hotel and tourist attraction by Twelve Architects. The London-based studio was commissioned by Interstate Europe Hotels to transform Bodmin Jail into destination accommodation, and to re-home the bats that have been roosting in its ruined walls in a bespoke bat-house.

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SCI-Arc students propose self-growing park and parasitic housing to adapt former LA prison

Dezeen promotion: students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture have suggested ways to transform a former jail in Los Angeles, including a park controlled by artificial intelligence and building models designed by 3D printers. The schemes were designed by the first graduates of LA-based SCI-Arc’s Master of Science in Architectural Technologies – a one-year-long postgraduate

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Combas uses natural stone to build “warm and robust” juvenile detention facility in Marseilles

This detention centre for minors in Marseilles offers an alternative to oppressive prison architecture through its muted material palette of natural stone and board-marked concrete. Nice-based architecture office Combas was responsible for designing the facility in the Chutes Lavie neighbourhood of Marseille’s 13th arrondissement. The studio was selected for the project following a competition organised

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Forensic Architecture forms digital reconstruction of Syrian “architectural instrument of torture”

Forensic Architecture has created an interactive model of a notorious torture prison in Syria, using the eye- and ear-witness accounts of survivors (+ movie). Forensic Architecture, a research group based at Goldsmiths University in London, produced the interactive model of the prison for the human rights organisation Amnesty International. The project, named Saydnaya: Inside a Syrian Torture Prison ,aims to More

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Deborah Berke to turn former New York prison into women’s rights headquarters

New York firm Deborah Berke Partners has won a competition to transform a correctional facility into a permanent home for the girls’ and women’s rights movement in the city. The studio founded by Berke – the current dean of Yale School of Architecture – triumphed in the international competition to redesign the former Bayview Correctional Facility More

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“Prison Architect is a graveyard for the utopian spirit where noble ambitions go to die”

Opinion: controversial computer game Prison Architect offers a grim lesson for real-world architects, whose good intentions often count for nothing, says Will Wiles. At the beginning of this year, the American Institute of Architects rejected a petition calling for it to censure architects who designed solitary confinement cells and death chambers for American prisons. The petition, which attracted […]

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