I have always been very interested in architecture, but the type that really interests me, are the buildings that are almost epic in scale. I really love to see the modern marvels of the world and it’s pretty much my life goal to build one.
If you’re anything like me, seeing these buildings in their full glory brings a tear to my eye!
Originally Posted: 16th July 2009
Updated: 10th June 2019
Here are the 10 biggest buildings of the world organised by number of square metres (floor area rather than height).
1 New Century Global Center, China
The New Century Global Center in China opened in early 2013 and boasts the worlds largest amount of floor space at a total of 1,760,000 m2.
Of the 1.76 million square metres of space, 400,000 m2 is dedicated to shopping, while the rest hosts a university complex, hotels, cinemas, swimming centres, patio heaters, houses, office and so much more!
2 Dubai International Airport - Terminal 3, UAE
Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 is the single largest building in the world by floor space. The building contains 97 escalators, 157 lifts, 180 check-in counters, 2,600 car-parking spaces and has a floor area of 1,713,000 m².
The entire airport services roughly 90 million passengers a year (2018 figures) and is the 3rd largest airport by passenger volume in the world. Trailing only Atlanta International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport.
3 Abraj Al Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Finished in 2011, the Abraj al Bait is a collection of 7 towers with the tallest (The Makkah Royal Clock Tower) standing at a tremendous 601 metres tall!
These buildings are host to a varity of venues, including hotels, shops and a hospital just to name a few. In total the 7 buildings sprawl out over a total of 1,575,815 m2 making this the 3rd largest building in the whole world.
4 CentralwOrld, Bangkok, Thailand
If shopping is your thing, then look no further than the absolutely massive CentralwOrld in Bangkok, Thailand. Spread over 1,024,000 m2 this building was originally opened in 1990 but the CentralwOrld section opened later in 2001.
5 Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Netherlands
Aaalsmeer Flower Auction is the second largest building in the world. Every day, nearly 20 million flowers from around the world are traded inside this humongous Dutch facility. It has a floor area of about 990,000 m².
6 Beijing Capital International Airport, China
The year 2008 saw Beijing Capital International Airport as the 8th busiest airport in the world. It is the second largest airport terminal in the world and has a floor area of 986,000 m².
As of 2019 Beijing Airport is now the 2nd busiest airport in the world, servicing 95 million passengers in 2018.
7 The Venetian, Macau, China
The Venetian is a 40-story, luxury hotel and casino resort in Macau, China. It is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia and it has a floor area of about 980,000 m² making this the 7th largest building on the planet.
8 Sands Cotai Central, Macau, China
Opened back in April 2012, the Sands Cotai Central (originally known as parcels five and six) covers a floor space of 890,000 m² and offers visitors a wide selection of places to gamble, drink and relax.
9 Ciputra World, Surabaya, Indonesia
Technically 4 buildings, this super-block consists of 4 residential towers named The Via, The Vue, The Viola, and Sky Loft. It covers a total floor area of 750,000 m² and was opened in July 2011.
10 Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Berjaya Times Square is a mega-scale multi-purpose complex which contains a shopping center, two five star hotels, indoor theme park, residences and offices. It has floor area of 700,000 m².