Albert Heijn

Storytelling in the supermarket

The grocer used to know all his customers. And vice versa. But how can you connect a supermarket to its clientele in these times of quick in-and-out shopping, self-service, and home delivery? The glass facade and walls of the Albert Heijn XL supermarket adjacent to Zaans Medical Center form a canvas for the company’s inspiring entrepreneurial heritage.

Success story

It is a well-known regional success story. At the age of 21, Albert Heijn opened a small grocery shop. He would then go on to expand it into the Netherlands’ largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands. Albert Heijn’s enterprising history is inextricably linked to the region’s industrial and cultural heritage.

AH tijdlijn met onder meer de eerste winkel (1887), eigen productie koekjes, wijnbottelarij en de introductie van de zelfbedieningswinkels.

Step into the world of Albert Heijn

Silo selected highlights from the company’s 125-year history to create a surprising, humorous and delicious graphical storyline. The hand-drawn illustrations show the quality products for which the supermarket is renowned – wine, coffee, biscuits, and fresh vegetables – but also the facade of one of its first locations. The drawings also include interesting facts about Albert Heijn.

All together Zaans

The area around Zaans Medical Center has been developed to support healthy living. With fresh produce and innovative food concepts, Albert Heijn XL contributes to this. With the slogan Samen Zaans (All together Zaans), the company collaborates with four local entrepreneurs who highly value craftsmanship, personal attention and the experience of the products they offer.

Better take the stairs

Better take the stairs

Using the stairs to go up to the parking deck, you walk through a small village of typical Zaanse houses, constructed from fruit and vegetables. With the spatial identity, Albert Heijn stimulates its clients to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Moreover, the illustrations aid orientation and promote the respectful use of the space.

Identity to unite a district

The supermarket is part of a healthcare-focused district built around the hospital. Visitors, patients, staff, and neighbors can combine their stay at Zaans Medical Center with daily grocery shopping. By extending the hospital’s iconic spatial identity to the supermarket, the entire district feels like one coherent place.

ClientAlbert Heijn / InterbuildYear2019CreditsMike Bink (photography)
Rene Toneman

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