499.SUMMIT – Andreas Tjeldflaat & Greg Knobloch


Today we are featuring the work of Andreas Tjeldflaat and Greg Knobloch, two students who took on the challenge of rethinking how we approach the design and infrastructure of prisons in the US.  Under the guidance of Matthias Hollwich (recent PS1 winner) developed an approach taking a look at the static institutions of today, by taking the stance to look at the prison as a urban penitentiary.  Check it out and watch the video after the jump!

SCHOOL: University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design
STUDENTS:  Andreas Tjeldflaat and Greg Knobloch
PROFESSOR:  Matthias Hollwich
YEAR: 2012

“The US prison system has failed to see advancements throughout the past century and desperately requires innovation and re-imagination. While recent literature begins to question the sociological impact of prisons, there has been little exploration of the physical apparatus in which inmates are housed.

499.SUMMIT is the outcome of a critical look into these static institutions. It proposed to challenges all preconceived notions of the word “prison”, and re-imagines the high-rise as an urban penitentiary.

The massing consists of three towers in the shape of an arch. The inherent linear and formal qualities of the ‘arch’ allowed for the overall circulatory concept: Up, over, down. Each arch has three primary phases, Incarceration (up), Transformation (over), and Integration (down).

The arches begin isolated during the incarceration phase and merge together both physically and programmatically during the integration phase. As the inmates graduate through the facility, they are being exposed to an increasing degree of social interaction, to make the transition back into society as soft as possible. To catalyst this process, public program and residential housing are introduced in the integration phase downwards.”

All text via Andreas Tjeldflaat & Greg Knobloch
All images via http://www.archdaily.com/225905/499-summit-reimagines-u-s-prisons/

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