Park Supermarket by van Bergen Kolpa Architecten pulls together the traditional role of the polder in the Dutch landscape - to grow food for the local area - with the ordering by food type of a contemporary supermarket's 'departments'.
Each approximately 1 hectare outdoor 'department' will specialise in growing one category of food. So department would be designed to have the best conditions for that type of foodstuff. Energy scrimping technologies are used - both old and new. Snaking walls collect heat for fruit growing and insulation is provided by water-sprayed roofs. Shoppers visit these outdoor departments rather than entering the big box of the supermarket.