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2003, Japan Osaka
Site Area,
acres 8.33
Total Building Area,
sq meters 243,800

Namba Parks

When Osaka's baseball stadium closed its doors, it opened the door to a prime redevelopment opportunity in a new commercial district adjacent to Namba Train Station, the first stop from Kansai Airport. Given the location, owner Nankai Electric Railway asked Jerde to create a gateway that would redefine Osaka's identity. So Jerde conceived Namba Parks as a large park, a natural intervention in Osaka's dense and harsh urban condition. Alongside a 30-story tower, the project features a lifestyle commercial center crowned with a rooftop park that crosses multiple blocks while gradually ascending eight levels. In addition to providing a highly visible green component in a city where nature is sparse, the sloping park connects to the street, welcoming passers-by to enjoy its groves of trees, clusters of rocks, cliffs, lawn, streams, waterfalls, ponds and outdoor terraces. Beneath the park, a canyon carves an experiential path through specialty retail, entertainment and dining venues. Namba Parks creates a new natural experience for Osaka that celebrates the interaction of people, culture and recreation.

Information

clients Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Obayashi Corporation
project architect Obayashi Corporation
landscape architects EDAW, Inc.
lighting designer Joe Kaplan Architectural Lighting
water feature WET Design
environmental Selbert Perkins Design Collaborative, Inc.
office tower Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Program

Total Building Area: 243,800 sq meters
Phase 1 & 2
Retail/Entertainment 86,000 sq meters
Office 36,000 sq meters
Residential 38,000 sq meters
Public /Green Space 25,000 sq meters
Cultural 2,700 sq meters
Parking 17,000 sq meters

Awards

2010
Perspective Design Award, Perspective Project Awards, Perspective Magazine, Hong Kong
2009
Winner, ULI Awards of Excellence: Asia Pacific, Urban Land Institute
2006
Finalist, ULI Awards for Excellence: Asia Pacific
2005
Merit Certificate, Innovative Design & Development, ICSC International Design and Development Awards
2005
2005 SADI Grand Award, Retail Traffic Magazine
2005
2005 SADI Award for New Open-Air Center, Retail Traffic Magazine
2004
2004 Good Design Award, Architecture and Environment Design, Good Design Award (Japan)