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Apartments within the walls of the former Avignon prison

68 apartments from studios to duplexes with breathtaking views of the city will be set up in the former prison Sainte Anne d’Avignon. The building site breaks down the partitions, pierces the walls to open the building onto the city. First occupants without handcuffs at the end of 2021.

The site of the former Sainte Anne d’Avignon prison should be completed at the end of 2021 or early 2022. The renovation of the remand center into housing has been delayed a few months because of the health crisis.

68 apartments from studio to T5 will be offered to the first inhabitants at the end of the year. 23 duplexes with magnificent views are under construction in the old attic of the building.

The detainees left the building in 2003. A luxury hotel project had failed due to lack of investors.

The work began in 2019 with the removal of asbestos from the building. Cécile Helle, the mayor of Avignon, wants shops, a youth hostel and an artistic wasteland to be set up in 2022 in this courtyard of the Doms.

Open the building and transform the traces of suffering

The architect Frédéric Breysse emphasizes that “the traces of the old days of suffering are transformed into windows or French windows”. He wants to open the ex-prison on the city: “we have pierced the surrounding wall, made frames on the rue de la Banasterie and the chapel of the Black Penitents. We also offer residents unique views of the tower of the Palais des Papes with a close look at the Rocher des Doms “.

The courtyard of the former Avignon prison was dug out to install a covered parking space for a garden
The courtyard of the former Avignon prison was dug out to install a covered parking space for a garden © Radio France
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Breathtaking view of the Chapel of the Black Penitents from a duplex under construction in the former prison of Avignon
Breathtaking view of the Chapel of the Black Penitents from a duplex under construction in the former prison of Avignon © Radio France
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23 duplexes with breathtaking views are located in the old attic of the former prison of Avignon
23 duplexes with breathtaking views are located in the old attic of the former prison of Avignon © Radio France
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23 duplexes with breathtaking views are located in the old attic of the former prison of Avignon
23 duplexes with breathtaking views are located in the old attic of the former prison of Avignon © Radio France
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The walls of the cells were torn down to create housing in the former Avignon prison
The walls of the cells were torn down to create housing in the former Avignon prison © Radio France
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Windows have been drilled into the walls of the former Avignon prison to light up the accommodation
Windows have been drilled into the walls of the former Avignon prison to light up the accommodation © Radio France
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The old corridor of the Avignon prison will house the kitchen and bathrooms of the future housing
The old corridor of the Avignon prison will house the kitchen and bathrooms of the future housing © Radio France
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Future accommodation in the former Avignon prison
Future accommodation in the former Avignon prison © Radio France
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The courtyard under construction of the former Avignon prison
The courtyard under construction of the former Avignon prison © Radio France
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The future car park and garden of the Cour des Doms in the old courtyard of the Avignon prison
The future car park and garden of the Cour des Doms in the old courtyard of the Avignon prison © Radio France
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Windows have been drilled into the walls of the former Avignon prison to light up the accommodation
Windows have been drilled into the walls of the former Avignon prison to light up the accommodation © Radio France
Philippe Paupert