Warehouse buildings in Germany: A new methodology for regional land use quantification


  • Daniel Kretzschmar Technische Universität Dresden
  • Robin Gutting Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V.
  • Georg Schiller Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V.
  • Alexandra Weitkamp Technische Universität Dresden




warehouse buildings, non-residential buildings, land use, methodology, spatial quantification


In 2018, the building segment of warehouse buildings accounted for around a quarter of all newly constructed floor space in German non-residential buildings. Despite this great significance, there is a lack of in-depth analyses that look at construction activity in a differentiated manner by region and sector. As a result, little is known so far about the land-use implications of construction in this building segment. This paper a methodology to quantify the land use of warehouse buildings on a regional scale is presented. Based on a data set from the German Research Data Centre for the years 2000 to 2015 and by applying GIS-supported conversion parameters, propositions on the small-scale characteristics of land use are possible down to the municipal level. It is apparent that the segment of warehouse buildings is characterized by concentration effects in three respects: the buildings are getting larger and larger, they are increasingly being constructed by specialized logistics service providers and are spatially concentrated in only a few well-connected locations. As a result, contrary to the general trend, the land use of this segment is steadily increasing. A differentiated consideration of land use along spatial and functional contexts seems to be advisable for the success of national land-use targets.


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Kretzschmar D, Gutting R, Schiller G, Weitkamp A. Warehouse buildings in Germany: A new methodology for regional land use quantification. RuR [Internet]. 2021 Apr. 28 [cited 2024 May 25];79(2):136-53. Available from: https://rur.oekom.de/index.php/rur/article/view/55