Guess What Kind of Living Space This Is?

Guess What Kind of Living Space This Is?

Grace Shu
Mar 2, 2010

Living spaces come in all shapes and sizes, and since we celebrate the small, indulge us with this little visual quiz. No hints, except that the source came from my annoyingly superior Swede friend Carl who fervently believes in the powers of Ikea and bright, bright yellow.

If you guessed C. A Jail Cell, you would be correct! This room is one of the 252 cells in Norway's new Halden Prison opening April 1. Costing the good people of Norway the equivalent of around $1.8 billion, this state of the art prison has its own amenities that they hope will result in efficient inmate rehabilitation, including a recording studio, a gym with brand new equipment, a training room, a chapel, a library, workshops, school, and a soccer field.

The recording studio
The rock climbing wall side of the gym

Decor wise, this is one of the few prisons that not only introduces color, but it also features Banksy-esque graffiti art by Norwegian graffiti artist, Dolk.

But back the cells themselves: Each room comes equipped with a flat screen television and its own en-suite bathroom. Oh, and no iron bars over the windows either.

Perhaps my dear friend Carl put it best: "It's classy incarceration. Jail, Scandi style."


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