Using SketchUp to model interiors

3D models in Google Earth have been getting better and better every week, but one key area always remains unfinished — the inside. Modeler ‘PeterG’ has finished modeling the inside of the Leku Chillida Museum and it looks amazing!


The building has just been updated in the main “3D Buildings” layer, and you can fly to it using this KML file.

Here is a quick video tour that he created to show it all off:

This is only possible because of an often-overlooked feature in Google Earth 5.2 — improved camera clipping. Prior to 5.2, you couldn’t zoom in very close to an object or it would disappear from view, so trying to browse around an interior like this would have been virtually impossible. Now with the improved clipping, it works great!

It’s even better when you browse around outside. Nearby buildings are accurately rendered, along with trees, bushes, benches and all kinds of items. It gives the whole area an amazingly realistic feel.


His blog (written in Spanish) can be found at