Park Supermarket by Van Bergen Kolpa Architects is a spatial development model for urban agriculture in the Metropolitain Parks of the Randstad.

“The Dutch polder landscapes, once the icons of our food production, are now situated in inner city locations and are under pressure of rising water tables and climate changes. Can these areas play a new role in food and recreation need of in the Randstad population which today knows 170 different nationalities, food and culinary traditions?

The Park Supermarket balance has been set up around food and its Randstad consumers and is projected in the agrarian park landscape of the Randstad. On good accessible locations like Midden Delfland and based on underlying soil types (peat and clay), new climate zones (moderate, mediterranean and tropical) and raised water levels an entirely new landscape is introduced where the contents of a contemporary supermarket are cultivated and sold. Each department knows its characteristic growing conditions and product types such as Pandan-en Risotto rise on water terraces, Tilapia fish in basins and kiwi’ s and avacodos along undulating fruit walls. The climate household of the outdoor supermarket is supported by old techniques such as warmth accumulating snake walls and more contemporary solutions as insulating water spray ‘roofs’ and floor heating on the basis of thermal warmth.

Because of its set up in small plots of one hectare each Par Supermarket is able grow with the need for diversity of food of the consumer and the renewing insights in agrarian techniques. Randstad inhabitants will in this way be able to consume and recreate in a new Park landscape for the 21st century.”

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