Bringing nature to urban density
Tasked with creating a gateway to redefine Osaka's identity, we responded with a natural intervention in the City's dense and harsh urban condition. Namba Parks creates a new natural experience for Osaka that celebrates the interaction of people, culture, and recreation. The project exemplifies smart, sustainable, transit-oriented development, where economic benefits and green, environmentally-friendly design emerge as a single objective.
At a Glance
Award for Excellence: Asia Pacific, Urban Land Institute
Merit Certificate, Innovative Design & Development, International Council of Shopping Centers
SADI Award for New Open-Air Center, Retail Traffic Magazine
SADI Grand Award, Retail Traffic Magazine
21,000,000 Visitors in First Year
Located in Osaka's dense Business District, the project sits on what was formerly the site of a dormant baseball stadium. Within this formidable, grey environment, JERDE envisioned Namba Parks as a canyon cutting through an urban park - an awe-inspiring respite for the people of Osaka.
Namba Parks is an urban retail and entertainment complex that offers an unparalleled indoor-outdoor experience.
The site was formerly home to a AAA baseball stadium.
An original concept sketch of the canyon by Jon Jerde.
The 10-acre site is a true gateway to Osaka and boasts impressive connectivity via rail, cars, and pedestrians. Three regional rail lines all have stations within one kilometer of the development, while the immediately adjacent Nankai Line connects directly to the Osakam Kansai International Airport via the Namba Station.
The signature park features trees, miniature ponds, shrubbery, and planting beds—all irrigated by recycled water filtered from the graywater of the restaurants within the complex.
People use the park as an amenity. They use it as their own back yard in a highly urban environment.”
Though the project's interior was originally conceived by the client as a simple concrete passageway to connect the southern parcel of the site to the crowded, people-intensive northern parcel, we proposed a natural 'canyon' instead.