Standard Studio designed a new store called the ‘Marqt’ that has just opened at the Gelderlandplein in Amsterdam. The main focus was on convenience and quality for the customer. For instance, freshly-made pasta, various meat, and fish fried or marinated. There are a snack and coffee bar called ‘Shack’, located in an old shipping container.
As for the main concept, ‘Marqt’ wants to be as sustainable as possible, so to make it that way, architects used more than 75 percent of second-hand materials, from the lighting up to fridges and furniture.
Together with architects, ‘Marqt’ also developed a new feature in the supermarket world. Inside the shop, there is a second-hand greenhouse, called the ‘Koelkas’, that sustainably stores fruits and vegetables unpacked at their ideal temperature. Cooling units are working from the walls, where it is 5 degrees celsius, in the rest of the space spare cool air circulates at around 14 degrees, which is ideal for tomatoes, cucumbers, tropical fruits, and fresh herbs.
In association with Join the Pipe, Standard Studio also provided free filtered tap water and with the purchase of every bottle of recycled plastic, customers support drinkable water projects in developing countries.
One of the main goals was to get ‘Marqt’ more to the essence and to make it an accessible and not too expensive market, where fresh and good products are presented in the right way. Shopping in this store is now made easier and a lot more fun!