1 Department of Design og Kommunikation, Faculty of Humanities, SDU2 Department of Design og Kommunikation, Faculty of Humanities, SDU
This article presents a case study of the state prison of eastern Jutland, which is a closed prison in denmark inaugurated in october 2006 and designed by the archi- tectural firm friis & Moltke. The relationship between the built structure and penal policies is revealed, and the extent to which a prison structure can be viewed as a 'social choreography' is discussed. social choreography is understood as certain pre- ferred patterns of action inscribed in the structure and interiors of the building. The model for the state prison of eastern Jutland represents a break with earlier mod- els for prison buildings and an ambition to realize a new, modern kind of prison service. The study draws primarily on a body of theory on architecture, space and discipline in the tradition of structuralism and post-structuralism. it demonstrates how physical structures, understood both as architecture and the design of interiors and furniture, can be considered actively to contribute to the establishment of a social 'order'. This occurs by way of patterns of action which are either encouraged or discouraged by the structure. The article is rooted in design research, a relatively new field of academic enquiry. it aims to combine the study of material objects with theories from cultural studies and sociology, and makes a tentative attempt to view design analysis in relation to multimodality and social semiotics.