Mega-warehouses are impressive feats of organisation and architecture. Their monstrous dimensions dwarf the standard size of factories and warehouses we generally take for granted, and it can be hard to fathom the sheer amount of planning and construction that is required to create them. Imagine all that shelving!
1. Boeing Everett Factory
The Boeing Everett factory is the world’s biggest warehouse. Located in Washington, USA, this monstrous example of modern warehousing comes in at a mind-blowing 472 million cubic feet. It began life as the birthplace for the iconic Boeing 747 and has since seen the origin of the Boeing 767, 777 and the 787 Dreamliner.
Not content with the sole distinction of “largest warehouse in the world”, the Boeing Everett factory also distinguishes itself with the unique inclusion of several cafes, a theatre and a museum.
2. The Aerium (Tropical Islands)
Located in Brandenburg, Germany, the Aerium is the world’s largest tropical indoor island, covering a vast 184 million cubic metres. Initially designed to build enormous airships, the company went into bankruptcy and the building was purchased by a Malaysian corporation.
It is now the biggest free-standing hall in the world. The complex includes an indoor rainforest, 27-metre high water slide, man-made beaches and accommodation including villas and camping grounds.
3. Meyer Werft
Also located in Germany, Meyer Werft is one of the major shipyards in the world. Starting from humble origins in 1795 as a family-owned business building wooden vessels, it now constructs some of the biggest luxury passenger ships, with over 700 completed in total.
The warehouse has the largest roofed dry docks in the world and is approximately 167 million cubic feet. It has gained an international recognition for the quality construction of passenger ferries, container ships, livestock ferries and luxury cruise ships.
4. Tesco Distribution Centre
Located in Ireland, the Tesco Distribution Centre covers 780 000 square feet of space. The centre opened in 2007 with a completion cost of close to 70 million euros. During construction 87 aisles of adjustable pallet racking were installed.
Each row is 87 metres long compromising of 31 bays of 12.3 metre high racking, providing a total storage space of 76,000 pallets! Today the facility employs over 600 people and has a handling capacity of 1.5 million cases per week.
5. Europe Constellation
The Bristol factory is one of the world’s biggest alcoholic beverage warehouses, covering 858 000 square feet. It’s origins stretch back to the 1940’s and continues to have success in the modern era.
The complex can hold almost 57 million bottles of wine, and the factory can produce 800 bottles of wine per minute. If every single one of the bottles were laid in a line it would stretch over 14 000 kilometres; the same distance between London and the west coast of Australia.
6. Nasa Vehicle Assembly Building
The Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre was used between 1968 – 2011 to assemble launch vehicles for the American domestic space program. Situated in Florida, it covers a whopping 129 million cubic feet over 8 acres of land.
The largest single-storey building in the world, it was originally built with the purpose of assembling the Saturn V rocket. Later, the building was also used to create the shuttle’s external fuel tanks and flight hardware.
7. Target Import Warehouse
This warehouse has the fourth largest footprint in the world, covering a massive 159 000 square metres. Also located in Washington, this 262 million cubic feet warehouse was constructed for the purpose of distributing imported products to Target warehouses internationally.
Target is the second largest major retail chain in America, and the massive floor space houses an ever-revolving inventory of clothing, food, homewares, furniture, appliances and digital technology.
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