The new Lviv Prison facility will be the first humane and resocializing prison in Ukraine. The architecture has to support the inmates’ mental and physical well-being and a pleasant workplace for employees.
The concept is based on "art therapy". All the buildings and the aera are designed to be calm and simple. The idea is to convert the inner yards to the space for exposing art, giving a space a whole new meaning and feelings. As the national planning regulations are quite stricked, we decided to develop the physical form and a landscape design in a way, that ot would shift the accent from the buildings to the space.
Closed boxes for outdoor activities are covered with different materials, converting them from a bold functional box to a design element or an installation. The whole space between the prison blocks is filled with sculptural elements and local landscapes, put in the right places to be visually seen from all the buildings.
We believe that such place can evoke a better self in the prisoners and transfrom their energy and thoughts from antisocial to art.
Location: Lviv, Ukraine
Project team: Taras Sulyk, Kateryna Kaletynets, Deniela Yavorska, Iryna Banar, Maria Shepetska
Competition entry, 1 prize.