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What is the largest building in the world, in terms of usable space?

The Boeing Plant in Everett, Washington, has over 4.3 million square feet (398,000 square meters) of space. It is followed by Airbus Industries A380 Assembly Plant near Toulouse, France, with 1,320,000 square feet (122,500 square meters); Aerium in Brandenburg, Germany, with 753,000 square feet (70,000 square meters); and the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building in Brevard county, Florida, at 384,000 square feet (32,374 square meters).

What is the largest building in the world in terms of floor space?

The Aalsmeer Flower Auction, in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, is the largest building in the world in terms of floor space. It covers 99 hectares (240 acres) in area.

Why is there such controversy about defining the tallest building in the world?

Most of the controversy about which building is the tallest centers around defining what is a building versus what is a structure. Some buildings, in order to be listed among the tallest buildings, add other non-habitable structures to the top in order to rise in the rankings. These structures may be in the form of communication towers, which can easily add significant height to the building.

What is the largest office building in the world?

The United States is home to the largest office building in the world, the Pentagon, which has 3.7 million square feet (343,730 square meters) of space under its roof. The Pentagon is home to the country's Department of Defense.

What is the largest airport in the world?

In terms of floor area, China's Beijing Capital International Airport has over 10.6 million square feet (986,000 square meters) of space.

What is the largest church building in the world?

The Mormon Church LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the largest church building, having over 1.4 million square feet (130,000 square meters).

What is the longest building in the world?

Catching a flight from Osaka, Japan's Kansai International Airport could involve a walk of more than a mile; it is 5,580 feet (1.7 kilometers) long.

What is the largest shopping mall in terms of gross leasable area?

The South China Mall in Donguan, China, has more than 6.5 million square feet (600,000 square meters) of leasable space. It is the largest shopping mall in the world in terms of total area, consisting of 9.6 million square feet (890,000 square meters).

What is the tallest self-supporting structure in the world?

The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, built as a television transmission tower, is the world's tallest self-supporting structure, at 1,815 feet (553 meters).

What was the world's first skyscraper?

Completed in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois, the Home Insurance Company Building was the world's first skyscraper.

What is the tallest skyscraper in the world?

The Burj Dubai skyscraper is currently the tallest structure. When completed, it will reach a height of over 2,064 feet (629 meters). It has surpassed the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, which since 1976 was the world's tallest building at 1,815 feet (553.3 meters).

AIR TRANSPORTATION

What was the first airplane flown?

Orville and Wilbur Wright were the first two people to fly in a heavier-than-air vehicle, called the "Flyer." They made their historic flight on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

When was the first flight achieved?

In 1783 the Montgolfier Brothers flew the first hot air balloon across Paris, France.

What is the busiest airport in the world?

The busiest airport in the world, in terms of numbers of passengers annually, is Harts-field-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, with over 78 million passengers annually. The next busiest is Chicago, Illinois's O'Hare International Airport, with 70 million passengers per year.

How many airports are there in the United States?

There are approximately 19,379 airports in the United States, including 5,233 that are designated for public use.

The Burj Dubai skyscraper is the world's tallest building at 2,064 feet (629 meters).

The Burj Dubai skyscraper is the world's tallest building at 2,064 feet (629 meters).

What is the busiest airport outside of the United States?

Heathrow Airport in London, England, has more than 62 million passengers passing through the various terminals annually. This is followed by Charles De Gaulle International Airport near Paris, France, with 54 million travelers; and Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with 47 million passengers.

 
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