40 Highest Buildings in Rotterdam for Google Earth

Highest Buildings in 3D in Rotterdam in Google Earth screenshotSome students at the Hogeschool Rotterdam in the Netherlands made 3D models of the 40 highest buildings in Rotterdam for a school project. They used Sketchup, a 3D modelling program which supports exporting to Google Earth, to build the models. All the buildings were built by hand and they even used GPS to help with gathering their data. If you open their folder in the Places area called “Rotterdam Landmarks” you can open the “Tour & Info” folder and fly a tour of the buildings. Or you can click on the placemarks and see photos of the actual buildings. You can visit their web site for a general overview or to download from their site.
These models are quite colorful, and I wondered if the actual buildings are as colorful as the models. Looking at the provided photos you can see for yourself. The scale of the models looks accurate judging from the shadows the actual buildings casted in the Google Earth photo. The buildings look a lot better than the default buildings included in Google Earth for some of the major cities in the US. I would give these students an “A” (or the equivalent in the Netherlands).

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Wow, impressive! As a citizen of Rotterdam (and projectmanager of the team) I can confirm that the building are very life-like. You can compare the actual and modelled buildings by looking at the popup with each building, which includes a photo of the original building.

  2. I agree. The buildings are beautiful. My compliments.

  3. André van der Poel says:

    That’s just a few buildings, I know there are many more, please show.

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