As you’ve seen from our post of the largest shopping malls in the world, there’s no shortage of formidable structures for human occupancy across the globe. This time around, we take a look at the largest buildings in the world, regardless of intended purpose. This list includes factories and warehouses, in addition to structures for entertainment and leisure.
There are a couple of methods by which to rank the world’s largest buildings. For this list, we rank the structures according to usable space or volume. The Aalsmeer Flower Auction building in Aalsmeer, Netherlands, is the building with the largest footprint in the world at 518,000 square meters. In terms of sheer floor space, the New Century Global Center takes the cake with over 1,760,000 square meters of shopping floor area.
Here’s the rundown of the biggest buildings across the globe according to largest usable space sorted by volume.
1. Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington (13.3 million cubic meters)
2. Target Import Warehouse in Lacey, Washington (7.43 million cubic meters)
3. Jean-Luc Lagardère Plant in Toulouse-Blagnac, France (5.6 million cubic meters)
4. Aerium in Halbe, Germany (5.2 million cubic meters)
5. Meyer Werft Dockhalle 2 in Papenberg, Germany (4.72 million cubic meters)
6. NASA Vehicle Assembly Building in Brevard County, Florida (3.66 million cubic meters)
7. The O2 in London, England (2.79 million cubic meters)
8. Tesco Ireland Distribution Centre in Donabate, Ireland (1.55 million cubic meters)
9. Hanover Fairground (Halls 3 to 9) in Hanover, Germany (1.15 million cubic meters)
10. National Exhibition Centre (Halls 1 to 5) in Birmingham, England (1.14 million cubic meters)