St. Nicholas Cathedral of Hamburg Reconstruction

This is a complete reconstruction of a Gothic Revival Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Hamburg, Germany. It has undergone numerous rebuildings since the middle ages, until the last Neo-Gothic structure which was erected in the 19th century and eventually demolished during the aftermath of World War 2 (and never rebuilt again). The tower is the only structure that survives completely today.

I’m aware this model might not be accurate in terms of decor and window placements as my references were mainly old grainy photographs and paintings, which occasionally display different features from one to another. The dimension also might not be accurate.

Height = 147.3 m / 483 ft
Length = 91.4 m / 300 ft
Width = 47.9 m / 157 ft

Render result:


Wow - nice modelling! I guess it took you quite some time.
What are you going to use the model for?
Curious what it would look like when the actual materials would be applied.

it’s time for you to contact the history / art history dept. of hamburg university, there has to be a cathedral nerd with tons of knowledge that can help you adjust all that :stuck_out_tongue:

but exactitude put aside (for obvious reasons), it’s gorgeous !

Time to model the surrounding buildings for an in-situ maybe ? :smiley:

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Thank you, so far I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with the model, as it was actually a challenge held by a senior colleague during my internship (who introduced me to architecture modelling). I might apply materials later when I have more time.

Oh wow thank you for the suggestion :smiley:, maybe I will try finding more information from scholars, academic articles (if any), or other sources local to the city of Hamburg. And yes, I originally planned to design the surrounding landscape & buildings as well, but I had to postpone for the time being.

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Hamburg is one of my favorite cities in Europe, I visited it 5 times when I was living in Berlin, the cathedral is really amazing, I was there during a Christmas concert, and had Glühwein in a Christmas market outside, I hope I can visit it again some day.


This is great, what a brilliant model. Looks like a real labour of love.

How many faces are in the model?


Thank you very much, the final model has 569K faces and 1.487 million edges

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nice work !

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Some close-up renders of the tower by each tier:

A view from inside the tower’s spire:


Edges and faces well spent!

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This is the complete model with textures:

And the model’s rendition on its original location in Hamburg:
(The surrounding buildings & environment were captured with Google Earth, although just not in the best resolution which made everything looked low-poly)

— The other softwares involved are Blender, Google Earth Pro, & RenderDoc —


Just beautiful work. And for the presented detail, very economical in edges and faces.

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Simply stunning :+1:

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Wow - great work!

The surroundings do no justice to your beautiful model. Maybe paint all surrounding buildings white so the church pops out? Also, maybe add some trees to give the total image some color (green). By doing so you get almost a sort of look which is commonly used in archviz presentations for large scale projects. Something like in this pic.


Thank you so much for the suggestion & pic example, it gives me a very clear answer of how to make my model look more stand out in the environment, instead of heavily “overshadowed” by other buildings.

Congratulations - you have done a fantastic job.

Very inspirational :+1:

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Fabulous work! Agreed on the “clay” surrounding buildings. Google Earth is kind of melted butter looking. The generic building brought in by Placemaker are a lot cleaner looking, but it’s a paid service, not free.


considering the area is roughly flat (no topography needed) and we’re talking a clay approach, you can also check - free up to 1km2.
there, you can export the buildings as individual groups, some might have the right height, for the rest you can give a standard dimension and adjust in SU.

We’re talking rough context, it should do the job.

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