3D models

We’re currently developing basic 3D models of the entire city for selected years in the period 1550 – present. These can serve as a basis for more detailed reconstructions of individual blocks and buildings.

In the meantime, check out these reconstructions of an early cinema, a painter’s shop, and a merchant’s dwelling.

A Prominent house in the Kalverstraat in 16th-century Amsterdam

Researcher and designer: Loes Opgenhaffen
Supervisor: Madelon Simons

The reconstruction of ‘t Paradijs (‘the paradise’) was a project initiated by art historian Dr. Madelon Simons between 2013 and 2014. Her main aim was to reconstruct the premises of Pompejus Occo, a wealthy merchant, banker and humanist and one of the most prominent figures of early 16thcentury Amsterdam. From textual sources, we know that Occo had a rich social and political network and hosted many events in his house. At some point, he even entertained Christian II, King of Denmark, and his retinue. The use of 3D modelling enabled researchers to re-contextualize these events and the spatial organization of daily affairs in their material settings. As an added benefit, the process of reconstruction elicited new questions and improved the researcher’s understanding of the construction and location of Occo’s house(s).

3D model of the sides of Occo’s and his neighbour’s houses

3D model of the neighbourhood around Occo’s house

3D model of the exterior of Occo’s house

3D model of Occo’s and his neighbour’s houses

3D model of the neighbourhood around Occo’s house

3D model of the comptoir inside of Occo’s house

Maquette of the interior of Pompejus Occo’s house

4D model of Occo’s house in present Kalverstraat

3D model of the façade of Occo’s house

3D model of the sides of Occo’s and his neighbour’s houses

Cinema Parisien 3D

Prof. dr. Julia Noordegraaf
Drs. Loes Opgenhaffen
Norbert Bakker

Between November 2014 and December 2015, Julia Noordegraaf, Loes Opgenhaffen and Norbert Bakker collaborated on building a 3D visualisation of Cinéma Parisien, one of the first permanent cinema theatres in Amsterdam, established in 1910 by cinema owner and distributor Jean Desmet (1875-1956). The project aimed to investigate the affordances of 3D modelling for presenting digital cinema heritage in a comprehensive, evocative form. In addition, it explored the opportunities of 3D visualisation as a research tool for studying the history of cinema. Research outputs have demonstrated the final version of the model, explained the research and building process, and reflected on the relevance of 3D visualisation as a tool for the history of cinema-going.

Comparison of the 1970 and 1910 façades of the Cinéma Parisien
3D model of the screening room of the Cinéma
3D model of the street view of the Cinéma
3D model of the entrance hall of the Cinéma
3D model of the bathrooms of the Cinéma
3D model of a film screening of the Cinéma