A cell is a closed shell, defined as a spatial module.
For its inhabitants such space has to be a kitchen, a room, an office, a playroom, a closet, a gym, a library, and much more all at the same time. A place that is continuously reinvented by those who live inside it. A “module” where a stool becomes an oven, a bed becomes a closet, a can becomes an antenna, a table becomes a gym. Inside the cell, one finds out that space necessarily has a flexible dimension that changes according to how it is experienced by each individual.
Tommaso Cora speech at TEDxVicenza 2015 in the Palladio’s Olympic Theatre, the oldest indoor theater in the world. (Italian audio only)
Many of the furnitures found in the Italian prisons come from a big carpentry located inside Spoleto’s correctional facility. Working together with the prison’s inmates, Aldo Cibic, Tommaso Corà and Marco Tortoioli Ricci have discovered that most of the items produced there become something else inside a prison cell. Space itself becomes something else. Living under restraint has led many inmates in Italian prison, out of necessity, to reinvent the space in their cells as well as the way they use many of the items inside. That’s how Freedom Room project was born. The inmates working in Spoleto’s carpentry have become the project’s consultants. Their contribution has led to the idea of a more liveable space, conceived to be compact and functional, able to meet new needs while keeping the original cell’s size (4 x 2.7 meters).
Tommaso Corà and Marco Tortoioli Ricci presentation for Nice’s Social Innovation Projects selection. (English audio only)
A brand new essential and economic housing module has aroused from this work, a proposal/product for innovative temporary or permanent solutions, spread hotels, student facilities, hostels. A room that becomes a place designed to use the space at its best, for working, studying, living, enjoying. But also a room that becomes a tool for urban renovation in abandoned areas. Freedom room modules can be used inside industrial, commercial, non-commercial and urban areas fallen in disuse, pushing new social dynamics and re-shaping communities and neighbourhoods.
Freedom Room is also as a starting point to imagine new Italian prisons’ cells.

Credits: A project by Aldo Cibic, Marco Tortoioli Ricci and Tommaso Corà (Tipic). Photo by Alberto Parise.


A project in collaboration with: Listone Giordano and Cdmt.


Main sponsors: Oikos and Zumthobel


Sponsors: Coin, Dainese, ICB Industrie Chimiche Barboni, Larusmiani, Oltremateria, Plastic Metal Group, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Tecnoproject, Value Partners Management, Willis Italia.


And the contribution by Billiani 911, Faj Components Group, Glass Idromassaggio, Lambo, Simmons, Vitra, Zanotta