‘Through the Prison Wall’ – ‘Contatto’ between prisoners and citizens – is promoted in collaboration with the Prison of Lecce and has as its goal the rearrangement of Multipurpose Hall spaces.

The competition requires the design and the construction of a movable wall of the Multipurpose Hall. The Multipurpose Hall is the place where people attend events and exhibitions open to the public. Here there is the contact between two worlds, free men, and inmates, city, and prison. Two worlds with no exchange. The wall should physically divide the space of the room, but it should also be the ‘contact’ between these two realities.

The initiative provides great benefits, starting from the positive effect on prisoners. The participation of inmates in the construction phase will enhance their perception of the detention spaces and the restoration of their feeling towards effort and work. This process will also encourage cultural distances and bias to fall down and facilitate the use of new spaces that belong to the community but are denied nowadays. Architecture can take care of the detention spaces, involving and educating young architects on social issues.

Besides being movable, the dividing wall may also have an element/function of the interaction between citizens and inmates, an element/function where, for example, inmates can leave their own personal objects that can tell their story; a sort of ‘memento’ that other people will find and replace with theirs.

The wall has to be self-supporting, flexible, modular and movable where needed. It may have other functions besides dividing, such as seats, containers, etc. It should be made of wood, which can also be used together with other materials, as long as they are not subject to tampering (eg avoid mirrors and glass or sharp materials).

The winners of the competition will be able to actually realize their project together with the inmates themselves with means and materials from the prison carpentry.

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Call for Entry: Through the Prison Wall
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Built Projects & Masterplans)
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    28/02/2018 18:00
  • Submission Deadline

    07/03/2018 18:00
  • Venue

    Lecce Prison
  • Price

    60 – 80 €