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Namba Parks

  • Osaka, Japan 2003
  • Site Area: 8.33 acres | Total Building Area: 243,800 sq m

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.

Clients: Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd., Obayashi Corporation
Design Architect: JERDE
Project Architect: Obayashi Corporation
Landscape Architect: EDAW, Inc.
Lighting Designer: Joe Kaplan Architectural Lighting
Water Feature: WET Design
Environmental Design: Selbert Perkins Design Collaborative, Inc.
Office Tower: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Project Uses:
  • Open/Public Space
  • Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Residential
  • Culture

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Namba Parks


  • 2009Award for Excellence: Asia PacificUrban Land Institute
  • 2005Merit Certificate, Innovative Design & DevelopmentICSC International Design and Development Awards
  • 2005SADI Award for New Open-Air CenterRetail Traffic Magazine
  • 2005SADI Grand AwardRetail Traffic Magazine
  • 2004Good Design Award, Architecture and Environment DesignGood Design Award (Japan)