The great work behind the London 3D Project

Jack recently contacted me to let me know about the “London 3D Project”, which I wasn’t previously aware of. They’re a group of users that want to see more 3D buildings in London and rather than complain about it, they’re getting to work! Since they started work in October, the team has constructed well over 100 models, and roughly 80 of them have shown up in Google Earth.

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They’re making a point to try to tackle a lot of the “boring” buildings that people otherwise might not model. For example, there are over 200 models of “Big Ben” in the 3D Warehouse, and most of the popular buildings in town have multiple models available. Their effort is focused on filling out the city with all of the models they can find, not just famous buildings.
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To learn more about the project, you can visit their website at
You can also check out some of their models in the 3D Warehouse.
A project like this is also a great way to explore a city. Jack mentioned that they’ve come across a variety of interesting architecture and some buildings that they didn’t even know existed. Not only have they discovered these buildings now, but they’re sharing them with the rest of the community. Great work guys!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Today is 6th January, not 9th 🙂
    greatz, Andreas

  2. @Andreas — Good catch! I’m not sure how I managed to do that, but it’s corrected now. Thanks!

  3. Has this any relationship to the CASA Virtual London Project where a huge area of central London was modeled in grey outline 3D, but was outrageously scuppered by Ordnance Survey, the GB national mapping agency. See GEB posts of 8 April 2007 and 14 December 2009, where there is a great video.
    Official attitudes in the UK are changing, so I wonder, despite the new models looking good and even including “boring” buildings, if anyone has checked whether Virtual London could be revived rather than apparently duplicating effort?

  4. London is available in building maker now. It’s not in the drop down menu yet, but if you zoom into the map you can model stuff there.

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