3D Modeling of Stowe


Ongoing Work

Ongoing Work
Ongoing Work

Stowe House

Created: June 22, 2021
Modified: June 25, 2021
Second draft

I'm now working with Stowe on a 3D model ofStowe House, as it is one of the most beautiful Ducal estates in England, and, Stowe doesn't even have a mass model in 3D warehouse. I'm starting with Chatham House, the first image below. The main buildings are a real challenge, center. They have beautiful interiors and temples too, including one of the few Palladian bridges in the world (last image), which I think was in 'Discovery of Witches' on TV recently, although it might have been another one.

Stowe House, Chatham
Stowe House, Chatham
Stowe House, Aerial View
Stowe House, Aerial View
Stowe House, Marble Room
Stowe House, Marble Room
Palladian Bridge
Palladian Bridge

Stowe has being kind enough to share some scans of Chatham's original elevation drawings by Clough Williams Ellis, which are in their visitor center at Stowe, if you wish to see them.

Besides Stowe's own photos and architectural drawings, the most comprehensive asset source currently is Google Earth Pro, which constructs 3D models with texture maps that can be transmigrated into a 3D rendering program. However, the assets belong to Google, and when I sold the Vatican City project below, they had to replace all the objects with their own vertex models as a guide. To my knowledge, that is not illegal. Besides that, Google Earth draws 3D models with a single vector line, so everything is connected, and it’s almost impossible to edit. So I may use Google Earth's 3D models as a guide, but it's difficult to do, as they have to be ripped from the browser cache. For the amount of work it takes, it might be easier just to build vertex models from scratch. However the 'terrain' (the ground elevation data from the satellites on which Google draws its 3D models) is public domain, so my first step will be to build .3DS and .DAE models of the Stowe grounds from the elevation data and fill in the lakes and so on.

For the results from my last project using Google Earth, see the subsectionMaking the Buldings and Texture Maps for the Vatican City, below. A screenshot of the satellite view of Stowe in Google Earth Pro follows.

Stowe House In Google Earth
Stowe House In Google Earth

The most difficult part (for me personally) might be modeling the lions on the South Front. I've tried modeling lions before from DAZ and Poser models, and they look like Disney animals. There’re also ornaments on the roof palisades, and other statues in the grounds; but for those I can probably use the same technique of 'stereoscoping' a flat picture as in Vatican City, in the next section.

Stowe School, South Front
Stowe School, South Front
Stowe School, South Front
Stowe School, South Front