The proposed 6,695m² new supermarket and produce market project is divided into two separate buildings elements on the site. The supermarket is located along Vaea Street, the main road in Apia, while the produce market is located on Togafuafua Road which runs parallel to Vaea Street.
The design was inspired by the roof lines of the client’s existing historical supermarket building in Apia. It was his wish for the buildings to reflect his Chinese/Samoan heritage and this translated into a contemporary architectural vernacular, linking the past and the future for his company.
The Produce Market building is a modern translation of traditional Chinese and Pacific architecture, with its columns and open plan, much like the Samoan fale. It will be used 24/7 by stallholders to sell their produce to the public.
The Supermarket building took its cue from the Produce Market and, with its peaking corner towers, addresses Vaea Street. The supermarket has a floor area of approximately 2,200m² with a departmental floor area of approximately 2,000m², a restaurant, café, bakery and associated auxiliary functions. Car parking space for the users of this building addresses a growing need in Apia.