Frank Gehry Buildings in Google Earth

Pritzker Pavilion in 3D in Google EarthA couple of weeks ago, someone called ‘koobcat’ started an EarthSwoop tour of buildings designed by the famous arhictect Frank Gehry. Turns out some of his buildings have been modeled in 3D and added to the 3D Buildings layer of Google Earth. His buildings are really unique, and recognizeable with interesting twisted surfaces and shapes. GoogleMapsMania featured the collection this past Saturday which brought it to my attention. I spent a few minutes this morning updating the EarthSwoop collection to add a few more of Gehry’s most famous buildings which are available for viewing in GE. I also added thumbnails and brief descriptions to each one. You can either view the Gehry collection in EarthSwoop (if you have the Google Earth plugin). Or here is a KML file so you can view it in Google Earth directly. Either way, I suggest turning on the Panoramio layer so you can see the many photos people have taken of these unique buildings.
By the way, one of Gehry’s most famous buildings is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. I noticed that building hasn’t made it in the 3D Buildings layer yet, but there are at least three well done 3D models in the 3D Warehouse. Hopefully they will add that one soon.

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. there are more Gehry’s buildings in the layer… but is awesome!

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