Looking like something straight out of a dystopian science fiction move, there is actually a method to the madness in this design. Where as traditional jails and prisons are stark sterile complexes isolated from the general population, the building would plunked down in the middle of Jersey City (across the river from Manhattan) and is built in a series of arches, each representing a succession of phases throughout an inmate’s incarceration; from the actual jail cell, to work release, halfway house and finally the release programs. The centralized location allows inmates to be close to family as well as access to community programs and work. While just an idea kicked around by a couple of University of Pennsylvania architecture students, it offers a different perspective to the often harsh American prison system.
Images courtesy of Andreas Tjeldflaat