The project, which is a unique concept, is based on the increase and improvement of quality of life for all the occupants of the prison, the authorities, and local residents. Designed as a village, this prison expresses the desire to create a balance between maintaining order and security, and the normalisation of the living conditions of detainees while respecting human dignity. This normalisation ensures a controlled level of freedom for the detainee, using an electronic bracelet allowing or denying the wearer access to certain spaces in the prison according to their penalty. The emphasis is placed upon the accountability and autonomy of the detainee, subsequently facilitating their reintegration into society. In order to achieve this, the village is divided into several entities accommodating different categories of detainees. Contact with each other and with the prison staff is facilitated by the provision of generous spaces in terms of floor area and by providing natural light. This configuration also enables different types of living in which the detainees can either join a group or spend time on their own.
This new vision of detention opens up the way to the concept of a penitential village, at the service of society and is designed as an eco-district. This village is characterised by medium sized accommodation, different colours and materials arranged around a succession of urban squares linked by a central road connecting onto alleyways.
Competition for the construction of a new prison complex on the outskirts of Brussels.