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Want to see groundbreaking supermarket design? Go to China

The supermarket goes underground in a Chinese resort town, while lush gardens and retail pavilions are the focus at street level

The supermarket is going underground, literally, as a Chinese grocer looks to turn the conventional layout on its head.

Dutch firm NL Architects has created a supermarket design for Sanya Lake Park in China, a resort city in southern China that is a popular tourist destination.

The design puts the supermarket underground, with parking and deliveries just underneath the below-ground retail space. There's a terraced garden and retail pavilion at street level.

The supermarket will draw consumers from those living in the three groups of large residential buildings each 21 stories high linked to the retailer.

The triangular building also features a stepped landscape, likened to a natural rice paddy-like valley with terraces, according to a report.

The supermarket is expected to be completed next year.

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