MI6 Headquarters in 3D for Google Earth

This quite attractive building is the headquarters of British Secret Intelligent Services MI6 located in Vauxhall Cross, in western London, England. It makes an interesting 3D model project for SketchUp. Or, so thought Google Earth Community (GEC) member ‘barnabu’ who posted this 3D model of the MI6 headquarters earlier this week. The building was designed by architect Terry Farrell in 1987. The building has appeared in James Bond movies including “Golden Eye”, “The World is Not Enough”, and “Die Another Day”. Perhaps you can figure out the scenes from the movies by looking at the satellite photos and this 3D model in Google Earth. You can read more detail about this building and see some photos at the Wikipedia.

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. It’s also known as ‘Legoland’ due to its shape, and is reported to have an anti-aicraft weapon of some kind on the roof. In addition, the building is believed to stretch under the Thames.

  2. WES PARSONS says:

    It is a beautiful building.
    It is certainly reminiscent of karnac or luxor or any two pilon temple from the new kingdom era. Do you notice how the larger temple at the top is repeated smaller lower down in the front structure. Very interesting.
    Does anyone have any websites about the building and the influences on it’s design?
    Inspiration wise?
    Terry Farrell is not listed at greatbuildings dot com for example. And pix of the build are hard to find. Less than 10 good ones on the web so far.

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