The Largest Buildings in the World

The Largest Buildings in the World

The largest buildings in the world are ranked by two categories: by volume (usable space) and by area (floor space). In terms of usable space, these are the top four biggest buildings in the world today.

Boeing Everett Plant (Washington, USA)

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Floor Area: 398,000 m² (4.3 million sq ft)

Volume: 13.3 million m³ (472 million cu ft)

The Boeing Everett Plant is where Boeing 747s, 767s, 777s and the new 787 Dreamliner are built. The factory floor space is equal to about 75 regulation football fields.  It includes a theater, The Boeing Store, a BECU branch, 5 Tully’s Coffee stands and several cafes. The plant is so huge the heat of the lights and machinery alters the climate inside the humongous facility so they use giant fans to push the warm air down.

Jean-Luc Lagardère Plant (Toulouse, France)

Floor Area: 122,500 m² (1,320,000 sq ft)

Volume: 5.6 million m³ (199 million cu ft)

The Jean-Luc Lagardère Plant in Toulouse, France is the birthplace of the world’s largest commercial airliner in the history of civil aviation—the Airbus 380. The vast cathedral-like factory contains 32,000 tonnes of steel, four times more than the Eiffel tower and as much as the Millau viaduct. The building was named after the late Jean-Luc Lagardère, co-chairman of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), the Airbus’ main shareholder.

Aerium (Brandenburg, Germany)

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Floor Area: 70,000 m² (753,000 sq ft)

Volume: 5.2 million m³ (184 million cu ft)

The Aerium is a €78 million freestanding steel-dome “barrel-bowl” structure built to house the construction of a giant airship—the CL160. Though a considerable amount of design and development work was undertaken, the airship was never built. The Aerium is now called Tropical Islands Resort, an artificial tropical resort which houses the said to be world’s largest tropical indoor pool and the world’s largest indoor waterpark. It was bought by a Malaysian company for €17.5 million and turned into a resort with man-made tropical habitat complete with rain forest, beach, artificial sun and clouds and even bird soundtrack.

NASA Vehicle Assembly Building (Florida, USA)

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Floor Area: 32,374 m² (348,000 sq ft)

Volume: 3.66 million m³ (130 million cu ft)

The VAB, or Vehicle (originally Vertical) Assembly Building, located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, is the fourth largest building in the world by volume. The interior volume of the building is so huge it can create its own weather including reports of “rain clouds forming below the ceiling on very humid days.” Originally built for the vertical assembly of the Saturn V rocket for the Apollo program, it is now used for housing external fuel tanks and flight hardware. It also houses the Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle) which is scheduled to retire from service in 2010. When the Shuttle retires, the VAB will become the assembly facility for the Ares I and the unmanned heavy lift Ares V launcher for the 2018 return to the Moon.

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James DeVere, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

So nice being th’ first to comment. You can extend the series. Tallest buildings, prettiest buildings – I recall you did the smallest restaurants. Great series. j

Unofre Pili, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

It’s so nice to these monstrous buildings in the world. Salamat kabayan.

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JoseI, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

Very nice picks.

Deep Blue, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

Angat ka kabayan. Big as you write.

Undisclosed Author, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

Some really interesting buildings there.

goodselfme, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

Thank you for this wonderful post. Loved reading about these buildings.

DA Cournean, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

Very well done. Interesting article!

Joe Dorish, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

Been by the Boeing plant, it is massive.

willie wondka, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

love your pics, love aeroplanes

Gon pincha, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

WOOOW. I haven’t seen Aerium before.
If I visit that, then I can die tomorrow ;p

Anne McNew, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

I didn’t know these.

rutherfranc, posted this comment on Jun 12th, 2009

great compilation once again ate JK!

Eunice Tan, posted this comment on Jun 12th, 2009

Thanks for the info.

t simon, posted this comment on Jun 12th, 2009

another great list. this one’s really cool :)

Leafygreens, posted this comment on Jun 12th, 2009

Great photos to illustrate your news topic here. Enjoyed this article. Keep them coming!

CutestPrincess, posted this comment on Jun 13th, 2009

a truly wonderful article full of invaluable information. i thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning from it.

Ruby Hawk, posted this comment on Jun 16th, 2009

Wow, I love the indoor resort and rain forest. What a great idea,

HeyZel, posted this comment on Jun 21st, 2009

Thaks for sharing!


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response, posted this comment on May 11th, 2010

Aaaaah,indoor Waterpark!! NO COMMENT just amazed.What about heaven?
Come back to God I plead

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