Nov 22, 2012

The 8 Level Rooftop Park in Osaka, Japan

 

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 Jon Jerde to create a gateway that would redefine Osaka’s identity.

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 (with 120 tenants) 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.

 

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Photograph by Jerde Partnership Inc

 

 

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Namba Parks, Osaka, Japan

Photograph by jtabn99 on Flickr

 

 

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Namba Parks, Osaka, Japan

Photograph by jtabn99 on Flickr

 

 

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Namba Parks, Osaka, Japan

Photograph by jtabn99 on Flickr

 

 

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Photograph by Jerde Partnership Inc

 

 

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Photograph by Jerde Partnership Inc

 

 

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NAMBA PARKs

Photograph by usamimi_amo on Flickr

 

 

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Photograph by Jerde Partnership Inc

 

 

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NAMBA PARKS

 

 

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Beautiful Sky @ Namba Parks

Photograph by Jiratto on Flickr

 

 

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Photograph by Jerde Partnership Inc

 

 

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Photograph by Amanda Peterson

 

 

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Osaka at Night

 

 

 

 

 

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