The brief of this project was to design a structure bigger than 2000m2, fit into an urban framework and respond to a specific theme - of which mine was “crimes of passion”.
The programme entailed a public library and a prison for convicted murderers in their last year of sentencing. The concept was developed to challenge the idea of open and closed, outside and inside, simplistic and complex and the public versus inmates.
Through vast precedent studies the concept was further developed by interpreting the work of Thom Mayne and Morphosis Architects. The firm has done some experiments with the idea of a simple mass intersected with some complexity - for example the Perot Museum which is a simple cube with incisions made by almost over-designed lift shafts and escalators. The projects focus was directed towards an experimentation of such, and how this could be translated to convey the concept and programme.