Monday, June 23, 2014

More 3d Building Maps


There are some interesting experiments going on displaying 3d building views on OpenStreetMap. Mapzen's Vector Tiles map demo shows building footprints at lower zoom levels and 3d buildings when you zoom in on the map.

The map includes a number of controls to change the perspective of the map view, to change the lighting effects and to add various effects to the map (check out the 'elevator' view).

You can import the 3d buildings into your own maps by using the Mapzen Vector Tile Service API.


OSM Buildings is a pretty awesome JavaScript library for visualizing OpenStreetMaps building geometry on interactive maps. Check out this Building Shadows demo to view an example map which includes 3d buildings and building shadows which are dependent on the date and time of day.

The map includes two slide controls to adjust the position of the sun by the time of day and by the time of the year.


F4map is an amazing 3d map built with OpenStreetMap data. The map includes some incredible 3d buildings, 3d trees and even the water is animated. The shadows on the map are in real-time and reflect the position of the sun and therefore move throughout the day.

Use the ctrl key with the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard to change the angle of the map.
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