The prison architect’s dream has finally come true: he’s living in the same house that he built the prison.
“I think I’m in the best position to see it through to completion,” says David Tabor, a California native who has been designing and building prisons in New York City since 1999.
His house, built on an abandoned lot in Oakland, California, looks like a prison.
Tabor says the idea of living in a prison has never appealed to him before.
“The idea of a place that looks like it’s been there for centuries,” he says.
“It’s something that’s very, very exciting to me.”
But what exactly is a prison?
Tabor is a bit of a mystery.
“There’s so many misconceptions,” he explains.
It was a home I would want to live here for the rest of my life.” “
And then, I also wanted to build a home for my family.
It was a home I would want to live here for the rest of my life.”
The house is a mixture of architectural elements, including glass panels, brickwork and reclaimed wood, which Tabor has dubbed “forest architect” furniture.
It’s a house built in a space that has been in the works for more than 40 years.
The home is now being remodeled, and Tabor and his family are getting ready to move into the new house.
But the house is also a living symbol of Tabor’s love of the outdoors.
“We don’t have the luxury of not living in our environment,” he continues.
“So it’s really a symbol of the community and of what we can do to build the environment for our future generations.”
Tabor designed the prison’s interior in collaboration with the Oakland City Council and the Oakland Public Library, which donated the building’s space.
The house’s main feature is the exterior wall, which is covered in reclaimed timber.
“In my opinion, it was really important to me that I had this kind of aesthetic in the house that was something that I could feel comfortable in and that I didn’t have to worry about any of the elements in the building being removed,” Tabor explains.
The wooden panels, he says, are a reflection of his home.
“They’re a way of showing that this is a place, and that it’s safe,” he adds.
“You can feel safe here.”
Tiber has also incorporated a fireplace in the kitchen, and he’s made the kitchen and bathrooms of the house more eco-friendly.
“A lot of people don’t realize how much energy and effort we’re putting into the house,” he notes.
“People don’t think about how much time is being spent in this house every day.”
Tober has spent decades building prisons, including at the Women’s Prison in New Mexico and the New Orleans Men’s Prison, and his designs have been featured in publications like Time, Architectural Digest, and the Architectural Record.
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