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Gingerbread results are in

Having spent some time perusing the entries for the Google SketchUp Gingerbread House Design Competition, we've reached a verdict – but it wasn't easy. Your models are (as expected) beautiful. For what it's worth, I accidentally ate part of my computer screen while we were judging. Drum roll please...

First Prize

An absolutely beautiful use of the base model, in combination with some of the supplied dynamic candy components, to create an entirely believable construction. This is a gingerbread house that aficionados – analog and digital alike – can admire. It's also a skillful use of SketchUp by someone who clearly knows what they're doing.

Second Prize

With this model, it's all about the details. The pediment (the triangular part of the roof) contains a scene of gingerbread people. The entablature (it sits between the columns and the roof) is heavily ornamented and altogether believable. When you go inside, there's an altar to a gingerbread deity. This entry is complete both in concept and execution. Gingerbread Vitruvius would be proud.

This one made us laugh. The house itself is intricate and skillfully modeled, but the best parts reveal themselves upon closer inspection. Someone's taken a giant bite out of the roof, and a giant gingerbread stormcloud (complete with gingerbread lightning bolt) threatens overhead. It's nice to see someone using a digital tool to do something that physical materials can't – ignore gravity.

Sprinkles Prize
(for the best additions to the base model)

Gingerbread Hall by Toy Maker

A classic example of a thought carried through to its logical (and very appetizing) conclusion. The house, the men, the reindeer and the sleigh are consistent in that they are made of gingerbread. This house is constructable, and a lot of work went into making it that way.

Swirl Prize
(for the best use of Dynamic Components in the model)

A close contender for best model overall, we decided to award the Swirl Prize to this entry because it's interactive. Aside from being a stunning example of SketchUp mastery, the strings of flags are Dynamic Components that lengthen and re-color as you scale them. Clicking with the Interact tool causes a rainbow to appear. You really need to download the model and open it in SketchUp to experience the full effect.

Sweet Tooth Prize
(for the most creative use of a single candy ingredient)

Candy canes for the walls. Candy canes for the roof. Candy canes for everything. Nice.

Take a look at all of the entries in this 3D Warehouse collection. Also peek at this Picasa album slideshow of some of our favorites:

Posted by Aidan Chopra, SketchUp Product Evangelist

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Sheldon said...

I now have an intense craving for Sketchup and Gingerbread

Anonymous said...

Please create a file with all the winning 3D models in one file - so that I can walk around between and inside the winners, and do not need to download them separately.

And why not put them somewhere on the globe, so that they can be easily accessed with google earth.


Anonymous said...

The "view in google earth" already exists:

but at the moment, there is only santa...

Please add the winning gingerbread houses.


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