Dutch Panopticon Prison

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    Inside of the Dome or Panopticon Prison in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

    The panopticon is a type of prison building originally designed by the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham in 1785. The panopticon was intended to be a prison that allowed the guard to observe any of the inmates without them knowing if and when they were being watched. The design features a central platform surrounded by a ring of cells - thus enabling a clear view of every prisoner.
    Worldwide are about 25 panopticon-inspired prisons built, in the Netherlands 3.
    The panopticon (Koepelgevangenis) in Arnhem is a cylinder, 55 meter (180 feet) in diameter, composed of 4 layers of 50 cells (200 at the most), topped by a dome that is 46 meter (150 feet) at its highest point. Built in 1880-1886 for solitary confinement, with an observation tower in the centre. Recently-renovated in 1995.
    The Netherlands actually has 3 almost identical panopticons in Haarlem (built between 1895-1901), Breda (built between 1886-1895) and Arnhem (built between 1880-1886).

    Before you go make you anxious. I come here regularly for my work.
    This photo was made around lunch time. Related to the privacy of prisoners and guards, they are obviously not photographed. The prisoners have lunch in their cell, and guards were out of the picture.


    Interieur met zicht op de cellen van Koepelgevangenis “De Berg” in Arnhem.

    De koepelgevangenis (= panopticon) is een type gevangenis oorspronkelijk ontworpen door de Engelse filosoof Jeremy Bentham in 1785.
    De Panopticon was bedoeld als een gevangenis, waarbij de bewakers de gevangenen kunnen observeren zonder zelf gezien te worden. Het ontwerp is uitgerust met een centraal controlepunt, omringt door één of meerdere ringen met cellen.
    Wereldwijd zijn er ongeveer 25 panopticon-gevangenissen gebouwd, in Nederland 3.
    De koepgevangenis in Arnhem heeft een doorsnee van 55 meter en 4 lagen van 50 cellen (totaal dus 200 cellen). Op het hoogste punt van de koepel is 46 meter.
    De koepelgevangenis in Arnhem is gebouwd in de periode 1881-1886 en de laatste grote renovatie is van 1995. De twee andere bijna identieke koepelgevangenissen in Nederland staan in Breda (gebouwd tussen 18886 en 1895) en in Haarlem (1895-1901).

    Voordat jullie je ongerust gaan maken. Ik kom hier geregeld voor mijn werk.
    Deze opname is rond lunchtijd gemaakt.
    I.v.m. de privecy van gedetineerden en bewakers zijn zij natuurlijk niet meegefotografeerd.
    De gedetineerden lunchen dan in hun cel en bewakers bleven buiten beeld.


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    1. traianbaderca 61 months ago | reply

      Awesome Shot!

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    2. Franck Vervial 60 months ago | reply

      Nice atmospher. This place seems to be rich in feelings. Great shot !

    3. Gijs Possel 56 months ago | reply

      Heel erg mooi!! Prachtig al die ronde lijnen...

    4. Marc Broens 51 months ago | reply

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    5. Roger_T 50 months ago | reply

      a very interesting shot!

    6. neurosheep 43 months ago | reply

      wow ... unieke foto!

    7. lunalicrichard 37 months ago | reply

      Het is er ook niet erg prettig , kan ik u meedelen .

    8. lunalicrichard 10 months ago | reply

      is mij ook bekend ,helaas .

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