The intension of this proposal is to focus on the rehabilitation and
correctional institutions in Hong Kong. The site is in Hei Ling Chau, an island
with a long history in rehabilitation. It was firstly used in 1950’s as a leper
colony. In 2003 there were plans from Hong Kong government to construct a super-jail
by reclaiming a huge area around the island. However there was a great
opposition by local people and the plans were rejected.
The idea is that I take this proposal that was a super-prison, solid,
isolated block and distributed around the area. Rehabilitation will be achieved
by enabling journeys to be taken through this from conservation to regular
society in many more steps and the same time respecting the levels of control
needed. The project will accommodate the relocation of an existing number of
imprisonments. It will also act as a prototype for the remaining institutions.
The proposal consists from the island that is the heart of the program
and the floating parts that are the satellites of it. The main idea is to blur
the boundaries between inmates and local people by proposing non-prison
facilities in the island and prison facilities in local areas around the
island. In the island the communities are organised in urban clusters achieving
better control and division of the programme as well as social integration.
A vertical system is established in the proposed hybrid developments and
an overlay system of control. Inmates follow a journey from complete isolation
to complete integration with the rest of community. There are different stages
of security and control ranging from high security to low security.
High security inmates reside on the higher levels, below are medium
security and on the lower levels are the low security inmates. The land by
itself is the level of complete integration. However, through the established
system high security inmates have the possibility to progress to lower levels
The idea behind rehabilitation approach is a transitory route that
imposes inmates in a constant journey. Basic aim is the experience of life.
Part of the proposal is also to become an attractive and a desirable place for
new “normal” communities.
The system that overlays the hybrid developments is divided into levels
and stages. As they progress they can penetrate to the next level and more
transparency, visibility is given to them.
So the inmates journey can start from the space of a common cell-room
and then move to other spaces such as activities places, interaction with
others, self-progress, training, producing and working.
The public follows its own journey as we follow in our lives.
At the fictional scenario of the proposal the development process of
those clusters will take place in three periods spreading between 2016 and
2020. This is because a gradual growth would be ideal both for the relocation
process of inmates but also for the development of the clusters. At the final
stage in 2020 the overall population of the island will be 50000 and in an
average urban cluster 3000 people will reside. 600 out of 3000 will be
prisoners. The philosophy of those clusters and of the island as a whole is to
become a microcosm. A complex and hybrid system of developments will allow
journeys of rehabilitation and ones of everyday life to take place. Along with
the fictional scenario of growth certain rules will apply to the clusters and