i kind of like the idea of shelf’s which we can then design into a warehouse if we so wish.
Reason being is that the feeling they are going for is that it is our city. in most games thing like storage generally dont receive much player love in creating and designing them, and we just plop them down as required. which when u are first starting, a simple area plot on the ground is best. but latter game you might want to put a bit of love into it.
if you want a super mega storage area, you could create a muti floored warehouse with rows and rows of shelfs.
or, you could place some to the side of your mead hall to store drinks and food, to create a little bar area. (this is all player design… eg its a bar area because i say its a bar area, and its my city so bleh)
as far as i can tell, it would go well with the feeling they are trying to put into the game. just my two cents worth