Monday, June 8, 2009

Modern Imprisonment

At first glance you might think you are looking at the interirors of the latest highrises to be completed on Collins ave, or maybe even a ultra modern public library of sorts. The latter of the two would be closer to the truth. Yes it is a goverment building, but instead of housing books it houses wealthy gangsters and the like. Yes it is a minimum security prision in the Austrian city of Leoben.
Its construction was finished at the end of 2004 by Josef Hohensinn and the philosophy behind its architecture was an emphasis on the prisoners psychology of constructing it with glass walls to ensure the separation of the prisoners without complete solitude from the rest of the world. With a gym, sports center, and private rooms for guest, committing a crime in Austria has a bit of an upside no matter how you look at it; you commit the crime and you get away great, but if you commit the crime and get caught well they are gonna have to drag you kicking and screaming to the Ritz of prisons. Their is a down side here though, they have a maximum sentence of 18 months. by BRYAN COVET

No comments: