Namba Parks

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

Project Type

Sustainability, Open/Public Space, Office, Residential, Mixed-Use, Retail

Location

Osaka, Japan

Size

3,230,000 sq ft

Client

Nankai Electric Railway Co. & Obayashi Corp.

Executive Architect

Obayashi Corporation

Services

Architecture

Awards

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 

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21,000,000 Visitors in First Year

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With a rail line on one side and a busy street on another, Namba Parks presents a park atop 8-levels of retail.
With a rail line on one side and a busy street on another, Namba Parks presents a park atop 8-levels of retail.
Visually, the site is anchored by both an office and residential tower.
Visually, the site is anchored by both an office and residential tower.
The park provides the community with an abundance of amenities within the urban environment, including gardens, gathering spaces, quiet flower-lined pathways, and performance venues, providing a vital connection to nature.
The park provides the community with an abundance of amenities within the urban environment, including gardens, gathering spaces, quiet flower-lined pathways, and performance venues, providing a vital connection to nature.
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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.

Features like the community gardens help to weave Namba Parks into the fabric of people's lives.
Features like the community gardens help to weave Namba Parks into the fabric of people's lives.
During the summer, when asphalt can reach 124 degrees Fahrenheit and concrete is 113, the rooftop park is only 93.ftop
During the summer, when asphalt can reach 124 degrees Fahrenheit and concrete is 113, the rooftop park is only 93.ftop
Jeri quote

People use the park as an amenity. They use it as their own back yard in a highly urban environment.”

Jeri Oka, Senior Design Principal
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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. 

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The canyon is designed as an armature that's also as an amenity, providing a natural experience in an urban environment.
The open space is curvilinear and non-planar in all dimensions. An elevator tower rises in the oval center and glass-enclosed pedestrian bridges traverse the canyon at various points at different levels, connecting the interior spaces.
The open space is curvilinear and non-planar in all dimensions. An elevator tower rises in the oval center and glass-enclosed pedestrian bridges traverse the canyon at various points at different levels, connecting the interior spaces.
Constructed from bands of colored stone, the canyon reinforces the project's connection with nature while forming the primary circulation pattern.
Constructed from bands of colored stone, the canyon reinforces the project's connection with nature while forming the primary circulation pattern.
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The presence of this multi-family tower, alongside the office complex and eight-level retail center make this a true mixed-use project.
The presence of this multi-family tower, alongside the office complex and eight-level retail center make this a true mixed-use project.
Phase 2 of Namba Parks brought the project's second tower and 344 of for-rent apartments.
Phase 2 of Namba Parks brought the project's second tower and 344 of for-rent apartments.
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The project created 6,400 jobs and generates over $140,000,000 in annual sales.
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