Sunday, March 26, 2006

Tower of Pisa, 3D Model, Pisa, Italy

The Tower of Pisa is the bell tower of the Cathedral. Its construction began in the august of 1173 and continued for about two hundred years, in full fidelity to the original project, whose architect is still uncertain. In the past it was widely believed that the inclination of the Tower was part of the project ever since its beginning, but now we know that it is not so. The Tower was designed to be "vertical", and started to incline during its construction. La Torre di Pisa

Vertical KMZ file download here (2.6MB)

Leaning KMZ file download here (4.1MB) !!!

Be warned these first draft models are very large .. but will be a good test for your system! .. feedback welcome.

Modelled by the team at pivnice.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Ski Dubai, 3D Model, Dubai.

Ski Dubai has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and steepness, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. Test your skills on the world’s first indoor black run or practice your turns on the gentle beginner slopes. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90-metre long quarter pipe. Kids and parents alike will have fun in the huge interactive Snow Park, which at 3000 square meters is the largest indoor snow park in the world.

Ski Dubai website.

Download KMZ file here.

3D Model by team at pivnice.

Peregrine Winery, 3D model, Queenstown, NZ

One Central Otago label is not only winning international awards for its wine, it is winning them for its winery.

Wellington firm Architecture Workshop has been named one of five winners in the prestigious London-based ar+d emerging architecture awards for its design for the Peregrine Winery in Gibbston Valley, Queenstown.

Download KMZ here.

3D model by team at pivnice.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Russia Tower, 3D Model, Fosters Associates.

Foster and Partners’ Moscow City Tower - taller than any other building in Europe - is a striking new addition to the dynamic high-rise skyline of Moscow City. With its unique form, this new landmark will be visible from the heart of Moscow. The building continues the practice’s investigation into the nature of the tower, taking structural, functional, environmental and urban logic to a new dimension. The mixed-use project - incorporating apartments, hotel, office and leisure space - will have an ‘energy cycle’ that will pioneer sustainable architecture and reinforce the economic and social vitality of Moscow City.

Download KMZ file here.

See post at Google Earth Community here.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Porta Pallazo, 3D Model, Torino, Italy.

As featured in DOMUS.

In anticipation of a specific use, the turinese building has taken the name of its designer.

Download KMZ file from here.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Aurland Lookout, 3D Model, Norway

A spectacular lookout in a rugged location.

'A truncated bridge into mid-air, designed by Todd
Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen , offers a spectacular view of one of the largest fjords on Norway’s west coast.'

Featured at Domus

Download KMZ file from here.

See post at Google Earth Community here.

Mikimoto Store, Ginza, Tokyo, 3D Model.

A beautiful new retail store in Tokyo

"Toyo Ito’s design for the facades of the new Ginza 2 flagship store of Mikimoto, the inventor of cultivated pearls, is the latest in a series of successful collaborations between luxury goods retailers and star architects in Tokyo."

Featured in the latest DOMUS

KMZ download from here.

See post at Google Earth Community here.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Casa Malaparte, 3D Model, Capri

Malaparte, the man and the house.
Often called the most beautiful house in the world, Casa Malaparte in Capri, Italy, is dramatically sited on a promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
It was home to Curzio Malaparte (1898-1957), the Italian writer who designed the building.

Download KMZ from here.

See Google Community post here.

Friday, March 10, 2006

ZNO saves New York!!

After googler 'RobotGuy4' posted a big red SketchUp microwave walking thru New York .. the team at ZNO thought help was needed ..

3D Model & post here.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

PALM Islands, 3D Model, Dubai

The Palm debvelopment Dubai, unlike anything you've ever seen. Reclaimed from the seabed this is the first of 3 PALM islands and a WORLD island.

The Palm, Jebel Ali will add a new twist to the Palm concept - Waterhomes built on stilts forming a 12km chain between the Fronds and the Crescent and spelling out a verse from an Arabic poem written by HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defense Minister.

See PALM website. Especially check out their Interactive map for a complete overview of the development.

This is mind blowing, apparently the first Palm sold out in three days with buyers such as David Beckham.

3D Model by the team at pivnice

Download KMZ for Palm Island 1 here.

Download KMZ for World Island here.

Other islands to follow.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Ryugyong Hotel, 3D Model, Pyongyang, North Korea

Begun in 1987 to mark the occasion of the world youth games, and to this day unfinished (apparently for financial reasons), the Ryugyong Hotel is a pyramid 330 metres high (9th tallest bldg in world), 105 floors, 3000 rooms, $750 million (which is about 2% of North Korea's GDP).

It has a Y-shaped base and stands on a hill at the centre of Pyongyang. When operative, the building was to house the 105 floors of an international hotel, a rounded slab of services on the ground floor, and three sloping elevators along the pyramid’s oblique lateral walls, plus a series of rings to contain revolving restaurants at the apex.

Interesting fact: A rusty construction crane remains at the very top of the building and has remained there since 1992, permanently gracing the PyongYang skyline. Can you see it?

DOMUS magazine ran a controversial competition last year for the reuse of the tower.

3D Model by team at pivnice

Download KMZ file here.

See Google Earth Community post here.

Sky Tower, Auckland, NZ.

At 328 metres Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breath-taking views for more than 80 kilometres in every direction.
Since its construction in 1996 it has become the best known Auckland landmark.

- Architect -
Craig Craig Moller, NZ
- Engineer -
Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner, NZ
- Main Contractor -
Fletcher Construction, NZ.
- 328m's high. 12th tallest tower in the world.

Modeled by the team at

Download KMZ file here.

See post at Google Earth Community

Monday, March 06, 2006

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai.

Here it is !

One of our favourite buildings the
Burj-Al-Arab Hotel in Dubai.

Famous for the Federer Agassi
tennis match.

Lovingly Modelled by the team at pivnice.

Look for many more models soon from the exciting city of DUBAI.

Download KMZ file from here.
Download high res. overlay here.
See Google Earth Community post here.