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When I view bing maps in the browser 3d buildings are displayed enter image description here

If I load BingMap tiles using their API or in OpenLayers, leaflet etc, no buildings are displayed.

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Are the maps tiles with 3D buildings not available for use in other applications?

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The Bing Maps API is using http://ecn.t3.tiles.virtualearth.net for map tiles (no 2.5D Buildings)

Example: http://ecn.t3.tiles.virtualearth.net/tiles/r0212300302202003.jpeg?g=2520&mkt=en-US&shading=hill

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Where Bing Maps (browser) is using dynamic tiles

Example: (with 2.5D Buildings)

http://ak.dynamic.t2.tiles.virtualearth.net/comp/ch/02123002133113312?mkt=en-us&it=G,VE,BX,L,LA&shading=hill&og=47&n=z

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So this not supported in the API but you could redirect the tile request (break the terms of the api maybe a grey area)

See New Map Tiles URL Format Issues http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/618e5f6c-7222-446f-b738-7f57a2e2b592/new-url-templates-for-bing-maps-tiles?forum=bingmapsservices

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