Venice, CA


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.

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Status: Built
Location: Osaka, JP
Firm Role: Design Architect
Additional Credits: Clients: Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd. ; Obayashi Corporation
Project Architect: Obayashi Corporation
Lanscape Architect: EDAW, Inc.
Lighting Designer: Joe Kaplan Architectural Lighting
Water Features: WET Design
Environmental: Selbert Perkins Design Collaborative, Inc.
Office Tower: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.