Penthouse Prison is on the top floor of the former police station in the heart of Rotterdam.
Penthouse Prison is part of a social project called Heilige Boontjes. The basic idea is to help and train young Rotterdammers – with a distance to the labour market – to get and hold a job in the cafe, restaurant on the ground floor and bed & breakfast on the top floor.
Four of the six prison cells have been converted, with modern beds for comfort, but the general impression of the prison is still intact. There is one cell with a queen-sized bed and three with a single bed. One cell is used as a toilet and one for general purposes to relax with tv and books.
Thanks to the unwavering commitment of Daan Bakker from Daf-architects, the building has been given a new future while retaining its social purpose.
Photos by Nik | Photographer ZwartWit010