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Floating Prison Zaandam

by Royal Haskoning
Type:
realization
Year:
1990
Location:
Zaandam, Netherlands
Capacity:
576
Stocks no.:
3

In the Netherlands, the demand for prison cells fluctuated considerably in the first decade of this century. A cell surplus turned into a shortage. A floating prison, designed by Royal Haskoning and built in Zaandam, meant that the link between location and function was removed, which made it easier to react to demand. The fact that the Dutch Justice system was prepared to invest in a concrete caisson indicates their very strong faith in its functioning, safety and durability. New York has also had a floating gaol in the Hudson for years and years, called the Vernon C. Bain Center.