The closer to a building, the clearer the details.
But then you miss the contours. PANURBANA shows both.

I collect buildings. I do this by taking photos of a building from a certain perspective.
I glue these photos together like a collage so that a new building is created: a Panurbana.
At the moment I am collecting buildings in Amsterdam to make an atlas of them.

In Panurbana's panoramic photos, I explore time, space and different types of perspectives within the photo.

Every week a new collage of a building or construction that has been photographed somewhere in the world appears on social media (Facebook, instagram, flickr and youtube).

Panurbana 70 Portugese Synagoge

Panurbana 71 Portugese Synagoge

collage: 16  photos

format: 150 x 75 cm 

Amsterdam 2021

In 1592 the city was enlarged by the construction of the work islands Uilenburg, Rapenburg

and Marken and the residential island Vlooienburg was created.

Around 1630 Vlooienburg grew into the center of the Amsterdam Jewish community.

In April 17, 1671, the construction of the Portuguese Israelite Synagogue started.

The design of the synagogue is by Elias Bouman (1636-1686) who also

designed house de Pinto (1680) and later became Stadsbouwmeester of Amsterdam.

The complex consisted of a rectangular prayer house with courtyard.

The entrance is surrounded by low service buildings. In the 17th century it was forbidden

for places of worship that the entrance was visible from the street.

When completed, it was the largest synagogue in the world.

The interior of the synagogue has never been modified and there is no heating.

Nearly 1000 candles are used for the lighting.