At ArchDaily, we've said before how sharing 3D models online has the potential to change architecture for the better, allowing viewers to explore a design for themselves rather than being presented only the most flattering views via photographs. At the forefront of this 3D-sharing revolution is Sketchfab, a platform which allows users to upload their model and view it directly in their browser.
In this new series, ArchDaily is joining forces with with Sketchfab, to present the best architectural models featured on their platform, as selected by staff members at Sketchfab. In this first installment, we're taking a look at some of the best scans of historical buildings - and don't forget, all of these models can be viewed in virtual reality for the maximum architectural experience!
This model takes the viewer on a tour through a late Ottoman-period home from Damascus, explaining the notable features of the traditional design.
Originally built in 1602, Kokura Castle has a complex history. After being burnt to the ground in 1866 as a result of a war between rival clans, the castle's keep was reconstructed in 1959, while the castle itself was rebuilt in 1990. While the current incarnation of the castle is based on the original, complete accuracy was eschewed in favor of a more pleasing appearance.
Reconstructed in the 17th Century, the Château de Hautefort sits in a commanding position over its hillside gardens in the small commune of Hautefort near Dordogne. The gardens themselves were designed by the Count of Choulot and are considered by the Committee of Parks and Gardens of the Ministry of Culture of France as being among France's most notable gardens.
Another treasure from a small commune near Dordogne, the Cadouin Abbey was originally built in 1154 in a Romanesque style. The dramatic central cloister, however, was built in a more striking gothic style in the 15th century. The model includes a sizeable portion of the surrounding urban fabric, allowing viewers to really experience the atmosphere of the abbey.
Founded in 1896, in 1970 the Cooper Hewitt museum moved to its current building, the former home of industrial revolution giant and one of the most notable architectural philanthropists in history, Andrew Carnegie. Designed in 1899 by Babb, Cook & Willard, the Georgian building was the first private home in the United States to feature a structural steel frame (a touch befitting the millionaire steel magnate).
The Academy of Athens was founded in 1926 and intended to hearken back to the ancient academy founded by Plato. Its main building, the interior of which is covered in great detail in this model, was designed in 1851 by a Danish architect, Theophil Hansen, and construction was completed in 1885.
The museum, which commemorates the final battle between Italy and Austria-Hungary of the First World War, is located in a 16th Century building decorated with frescoes by Pomponio Amalteo (1505-1588) and Giovanni De Min (1786-1859).
The UK Ministry of Defence's Main Building is a colossal neoclassical structure designed by Vincent Harris and constructed between 1938 and 1959.