Design enters the prison
The designers of the Liberamensa restaurant, inside the Casa Circondariale Lorusso e Cutugno (the largest operating prison in Piedmont, Italy, currently hosting 1.300 inmates and formerly knew as “Carcere delle Vallette” in Turin) are the architects Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa (UdA Architects), pro bono promoters of the initiative that aims – through concrete social engagement – to introduce interior architecture in a “weak” place par excellence: a prison.
Liberamensa involves prison inmates in every phase of its activity, from the preparation of food to table service. Organized for the lunch break of in-house customers, correction officers and all those who work inside the prison on a daily basis, in the evening the restaurant will also be open to the public.
Mutina took part in the project as technical parter with Aulej collection, designed by Patricia Urquiola.
Photography by Carola Ripamonti, Marcello Clerico