Laser Scanning an entire city made of gingerbread!

December 11, 2019

Spatial Dimensions were delighted to have been invited to provide 3D reality capture at the Museum of Architecture’s annual Gingerbread City exhibition at Somerset House.

Last Friday, Spatial Dimensions visited the exhibition before it launched to the public on Saturday 7th December. Using the latest laser scanning technology, our team surveyed the sugar-coated As-Built Survey, in less than an hour!

We will be revealing the finished point cloud data in all its mouth-watering glory later this week.

Gingerbread City is an annual public exhibition showcasing design ideas for future sustainability and ingenious new ways to move about our ever-increasingly populated cities. The luscious urban area made from gingerbread is curated by The Museum of Architecture and led by Melissa Woolford.

More than 100 leading architects, designers, and engineers have worked tirelessly to help create this year’s exhibition at the magnificent Somerset House in Central London.

Now in its’ fourth year of the installation, the 2019 theme is “the Future of Transport”. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see imaginative – and edible – creations on a miniature scale.

Gingerbread City is based on a masterplan developed by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. Participants this year will include some of the world’s leading architects and designers including Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, HKS, PDP London, PLP Architecture, StrideTreglown, Arup and last year’s winners Atkins Global.

The idea to capture the Gingerbread city was developed after Managing director Claire Fenwick visited the exhibition last year.

Claire (pictured below left) explains “After attending last year’s Gingerbread City exhibition, I was absolutely blown away by the creativity and brilliance on display. As Built Surveys complete the cycle of a construction project and the thought occurred to me that our pointcloud data could allow people to view the installation in a new and interesting way, as well as capture a permanent and accurate record.”

“This year’s exhibition is once again both jaw-dropping and mouth-watering at the same time. We are absolutely delighted to be involved and look forward to sharing the virtual miniature 3d world very soon.”


Laser scanning is also known as reality capture and uses cutting edge technology to accurately record dimensions and geometry. Spatial Dimensions uses technology to support the production of highly accurate measured building surveys and 3D Bim models. Typically, on behalf of architects, designers, and engineers, typically in the development and redevelopment of the built environment.

The exhibition is open daily and runs from Saturday 7th of December 2019 until the 5th of January 2020.

MoA is organising daily family-friendly workshops dedicated to gingerbread house-making. Helping make it a perfect festive family trip for anyone interested in design, architecture, baking or the built environment.

You can book tickets and find out more information directly from Somerset House.

Somerset House is London’s working arts centre built on historic foundations around one of the most beautiful courtyards in Europe.

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