Cape Town 3D Buildings in Color in Google Earth

Cape Town 3D Buildings in Google EarthLast week I was contacted by the folks at Computamaps who have created a very nice collection of over 1000 buildings for the Cape Town area modeled in 3D. According to Steven True at Computamaps, the buildings are horizontally and vertically accurate to 1 meter. It works best with the “Terrain” layer turned on. They used SketchUp and SilverEye to make the building collection. SilverEye is the software by GeoTango (acquired by Microsoft last December) which lets you create 3D images from aerial photography. I especially like the fact they have chosen to make their building collection colorful (unlike the default built-in 3D buildings Google provides for big cities in the US). You can also read their post at the GEC. This collection will be even more popular in a few years when Cape Town hosts the 2010 World Cup.

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. Looks great Frank,
    It must be updated quickly with all these developments in Cape Town at present…
    Nice work, thanks for the info

  2. alf corbyn says:

    excellent site brings back memories of my time as a steward on union castle(saf marine) in the fifties. cheers.a corbyn

  3. This makes me wonder… can you change the default color of the default buildings provided by in the building layer?

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  6. Wow. This 3D view of our CT buildings is awesome. That GeoTango software is awesome. Thanks for the post.

  7. I’ll write out my instantaneous reaction: WOW.
    I did not know there was this 3 D building option in Google Earth. Should check it out. Wonder if it works for all major cities. I live in Mumbai, India – is there a 3 D buildings feature for it? I’ll haev to check. 🙂
    PS: I loved the antispam question. 😉

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