Micro-Apartments Inspired By Prison Cells [Pics]

Micro-Apartments Inspired By Prison Cells [Pics]
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The Freedom Room shows how one can maximize a tiny living space.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 21 may 2013

Research center CibicWorkshop and cooperative Comodo collaborated with an Italian High Security Prison, to develop the Freedom Room, a micro-apartment fashioned after a jail cell.

Freedom Room, a project by Aldo Cibic, Tommaso Corà, Marco Tortoioli Ricci and Spoleto’s correctional facility, is a 96-square-foot apartment that presents an option for temporary and social housing, hostels, and hotels. CibicWorkshop and Comodo worked with inmates who have first-hand knowledge of tiny living spaces, to design an apartment that has all the basics and is functional and flexible.



Working with inmates provided insights on how objects need to be multi-functional and how each space in the tiny apartment need to be flexible and adaptable. Prison inmates often have to make do with what furniture and space they have in their cells. Inmates reinvent how they use the objects and living areas in their cells. They turn tables to gym equipment, sleeping areas to closets, etc.

The Freedom Room goes by a similar concept by being compact, functional and adaptable. The collaborative group were able to create a working and dining area, a kitchen, sleeping areas, storage area and a bathroom within the 96-square-foot apartment space.

The groups behind the project imagines the Freedom Room as a starting point for exploring new options for Italian prison cells, low cost hotels and hostels, or low cost housing.

See more photos of the Freedom Room below.


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