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Take a look at the design of Juvenile detention, Maasberg in Overloon, Netherlands designed by Dutch firm UArchitects. Following is some information by the architects, “Unit 6 of the “Penitentiaire Inrichting Maashegge” in Overloon converted from an institution for adults into an autonomously functioning juvenile detention institution.A new and more intensive interaction with the surrounding nature is aimed at for the youngsters. The resoluteness of the world which aims at the interior is partly removed, so that the youngsters can prepare themselves for the return in society.
The concept aims at an open, transparent building between the closed prison and the outside world. Visitors can throw a glance at the prison life and the youngsters can look at the outside world, the society in which they will return later on. By means of the light appearance and the placement on metal feet in the woodland soil, the volume seems to float in the wood. Because of the layered façade in steel, aluminum and Bankirai the building will be merged in the surrounding woodland scenery, showing different shades of grey. The appearance and the rhythmic of the carefully detailed elements of the façade assume a respectful dialogue between environment and the youngsters.”