« Google Earth Umbrella | Main | New Google Earth Layers Update: Amsterdam 3D, Forest Service, Taiwan Roads »

16 de Mayo 2007

Entire City of Amsterdam Gets 3D "Gray" Buildings in Google Earth

Amsterdam 3D Buildings in Google EarthGoogle has just released 3D buildings for the entire city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. To see them, fly to Amsterdam , then turn on the "3D Buildings->Other buildings" layer in Google Earth. The building models are those simple, gray colored, type of models that give you an idea of the size and dimensions of buildings. Just like the 3D buildings that Google Earth first released almost two years ago for 35 US cities, and then later for most of Japan. These buildings will undoubtedly be used for the 2.5D views shown for Google Maps to provide an feel for buildings in major cities. They haven't pushed the ones for Amsterdam into Google Maps yet though. If you turn on the rest of the 3D Buildings layer, there are some new buildings for Amsterdam modeled with better quality as well.

I guess its appropriate to give Amsterdam some special attention. After all, according to reports, half of all Dutch people use Google Earth!

Thanks to GEB reader Erik for the tip on Amsterdam. He was the first to report on this interesting new find. I'm sure there are other updates to the layers, but I'll report on what they are in a later post. In the meantime, if anyone finds other cities which now have 3D buildings like this, please post a comment. I've already checked a dozen or so European cities, but this is the only one I've found.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 16 de Mayo 2007 a las 09:48 AM

  • Google Earth Blog © 2005, 2006, 2007 Copyright de Frank Taylor. Todos los Derechos Reservados.
  • Todas las imágenes de Google Earth capturadas de pantalla son Copyright de Google

  • Comentarios

    Oh boy, are they ugly!
    This is worse than nothing, IMHO. I'm glad this only includes Amsterdam proper, so my place in the 'burbs isn't included. :-)

    - Michael

    Enviado por: Michael Schaap at 16 de Mayo 2007 a las 11:35 AM

    Here's a good example of how little resemblance these blocks bear to actual Amsterdam canal houses:

    - Michael

    Enviado por: Michael Schaap at 16 de Mayo 2007 a las 01:34 PM

    The panoramio-layer has been updated too

    Enviado por: Siemen at 17 de Mayo 2007 a las 05:53 AM

    According to Dutch media, it will be possible in the future for residents of the city to doanload their house and make it more realistic by themselves and then upload it again.

    I wonder if this means that you users can control the standard 3D buildings in GE more, then now with 3D Warehouse.


    Enviado por: Vins at 17 de Mayo 2007 a las 08:00 AM

    For some of the more negative criticisms of updated gray-models in Google Earth (which if I recall captured the imaginations of people only a year or two ago):

    How do you eat an elephant?

    One bite at a time.

    Enviado por: Daniel at 19 de Mayo 2007 a las 08:42 AM

    I have a qustion aout 3D city models.
    I built whole of a city in KML and I want to know how I can share it in the Google Earth like New York or Amsterdam?
    Is it possile to see it automatically?

    Enviado por: Davod Shoajee at 27 de Mayo 2007 a las 09:31 AM

    Amsterdsm wasnt the first dutch city in google (3D). Rotterdam is available in kmz files, search in google and you will find. Next couple of weeks a newer version is released i heard, with more detail etc.
    Model of Amsterdam is of bad quality, gardenhouse being higher then the building itself?? lol.

    Enviado por: Henk at 4 de Junio 2007 a las 05:58 PM

    Envíe un Comentario:

    NOTA: Use español o Inglés. Los Comentarios son revisados previa publicación.