Prisoners can teach us a lot about small space living. A group of inmates at a high-security facility in Italy helped create the Freedom Room, a room the size of the average prison cell, into a modular, multi-functional living area.
Cibicworkshop and Comodo teamed up with the Prison of Spoleto, where the furnishings for cells are made by prisoners in the onsite workshop. Teaching the inmates about design, they helped to make the most of the roughly 9- by 13-foot space: the table functions as a workout bench, the stool a place to set a hot plate.
Part art installation, part proposal, the Freedom Room is not just for prisons, but could be used in low-cost hotels and hostels, as well as student and temporary housing.