Vlooienburg Jewish Amsterdam
By Tijm Lanjouw,Mikko Kriek,Markus Stoffer,Jitte Waagen
The project is a 3D reconstruction of Vlooienburg, what is now the Waterloopleinbuurt, made by the UvA’s 4D Research Lab. In it you can see three different historical periods: from around 1625, 1675 and 1890. The excavations from 1980 can also be seen. You can also take a look at a typical dining room of a Portuguese-Jewish family from around 1650. The reconstructions have been produced on the basis of extensive cartographic, archaeological, and architecture-historical research by a team of archaeologists and 3D modellers and technicians, in close collaboration with experts in various domains of the cultural history of the area. Since the neighbourhood doesn’t exist anymore, and very few traces in the current urban layout of the area are visible, 3D/VR is the only way to create an experience of revisiting the area.
In the latter half of the 17th century, the Diaconie Weeshuis, an Amsterdam orphanage managed by a protestant church, proudly overlooked the Amstel river. It was located on former ‘Vlooienburg’, an island constructed in the Amstel river for urban expansion around 1600. The orphanage was constructed in 1656, after the plague epidemic of 1654-55 which had turned many children to orphanhood. It was sited on a previously unbuilt quay area on the edge of Vlooienburg. To make space for this large building, a new strip of land had to be reclaimed from the Amstel river. This building stood here for 230 years before it got replaced by a new orphanage building in Neogothic style in 1888. Neither of the two buildings have survived, and especially for the older building there are only few remaining visual sources. This 3D reconstruction for the first time synthesises these sources into a model of this lost piece of architecture of Amsterdam.
CreatorTijm Lanjouw,Mikko Kriek,Markus Stoffer,Jitte Waagen
- Virtual Reconstruction
- Vlooienburg; Amsterdam
- Jewish Historical Quarter