Amazing Eco-Design of Namba Park in Osaka

| November 11, 2010

Namba Parks is an office and shopping complex located in the Namba district, Osaka, Japan. It consists of a high office building called Parks Tower and a 120-tenant shopping mall with rooftop garden. Some history on Namba Parks in Japan: Namba Parks was developed by Jon Jerde of The Jerde Partnership in the footprint of the since closed Osaka Stadium.


Aeriel View of Namba Park in Osaka (Credit: Gucky)

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.


Namba’s Eggs (Credit: Daioni)


Namba Park at night (Credit: Esempoi)

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.


Another bird’s eye view (Credit: Dailytonic)

Various kinds of restaurants (Japanese, Korean, Italian, etc.) are located on the 6th floor, and shops are located on the 2nd to 5th floors. There is also an amphitheater for live shows, as well as space for small personal vegetable gardens and wagon shops.


At the center of Namba Park (Credit: Shenanigans)


Namba Park from bottom to up (Credit: Jtabn99)

Article Source: Arch1design

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Category: East Asia, Featured

Comments (7)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. remi online says:

    wow the japaneese sure know how to create something amazing in such a small and tight place!

  2. Ricky says:

    Using small space very efficiently makes a big impact.

  3. EZFlash Vi says:

    That looks incredible! If anyone can pull off such a stunning looking park in such a confined urban space, it would have to be Japan wouldn’t it?

  4. Really a awesome design and architecture of Namba park.I will surely visit it during my future travel to Japan next year.

  5. Nice work guys!
    this is just Amazing!
    Thanks.

  6. It consists of a high office building called Parks Tower and a 120-tenant shopping mall with rooftop garden. Some history on Namba Parks in Japan: Namba Parks was developed by Jon Jerde of The Jerde Partnership in the footprint of the since closed Osaka Stadium.