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Google Earth launches stunning new features

  • In honor of Earth Day, Google Earth has relaunched with architecture tours of some of the world's most famous buildings.

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Just in time for Earth Day (April 22), Google Earth has relaunched with a number of new features, the most stunning of which is a number of guided tours of buildings designed and built by famed architects Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid.

Users can view 14 world-famous buildings designed by Hadid and Gehry, that include:

  • MAXXI museum in Rome
  • Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • London Aquatics Centre
  • Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck, Austria
  • phaeno Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany
  • Havenhuis in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany
  • the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis
  • the Cinémathèque Française in Paris
  • the Dancing House in Prague
  • Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington
  • “Giant Binoculars” Public Art piece
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California
  • New York by Gehry skyscraper

Architect buffs can access these tours through Google Earth’s ‘Voyager’ feature that provides 3-D and 2-D visuals, along with “Knowledge Cards” that give a brief history of each building.

In addition to architectural tours, users can take tours of natural wonders such as the Galapagos Islands, Macchu Picchu and the Amazon.

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Currently, this feature is only available on desktop, but it will be coming to iOS and Android soon.

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