NL architects commented “Supermarkets tend to create big impenetrable surfaces; their planning logic often lends to ‘blind’ facades. Or to facades that are covered in advertisements. Often the expression is rather cheap for this is what the core-business boils down to: to evoke the sensation of competitiveness.” NL Architects moved away from this oft-used approach by pushing the main supermarket activities underground. The lower level would contain the functional space for the supermarket as well as parking and the delivery zone and space for trucks.
The ground level would feature large glass retail spaces, with the corners of the diamond pushed up to mark the entrances. The inside of the diamond would function as a large lush terrace park forming a corridor to connect all the parts together. Within this park, NL architects intend to create several pavilions with services and commercial functions to activate the landscape. The roof would be terraced and planted with lush vegetation, which surrounds benches, paths and tables and chairs for people to sit on and enjoy.
The open-air green public space has been inspired by rice paddies and is intended to provide a scenic view for the residents of the planned high-rise buildings nearby as well as welcome relaxation and social space for shoppers.