Gallery: Japan’s Namba Parks Has an 8-Level Roof Garden with Waterfalls

A view of the skybridges that connect parts of the mall.
A view of the skybridges that connect parts of the mall.

Namba Parks was conceived when Osaka Stadium closed down, presenting a great redevelopment opportunity for a new commercial district right next to the Namba Train Station, which is just one stop away from Kansai Airport. Since it’s one of the first places that visitors to the city might see, owner Nankai Electric Railway asked the Jerde Partnership to envision the new development as a gateway that would redefine Osaka’s identity. Jerde designed Namba Parks as a huge green space and an oasis amidst Osaka‘s dense urban streets.

The entire development includes a 30-story office tower and adjacent mall, but what really makes Namba Parks stand out is its rooftop park that gradually ascends eight levels and gives passers-through the feeling that they are actually standing high on a mountaintop in nature when they’re actually right in the middle of the city. Right below the park, a gradiated “canyon” carves a path through the mall, as they stroll past shops, entertainment spots and dining venues. Different flavors of restaurants (Japanese, Korean, Italian, etc.) can be found on the 6th floor, and shops are located on the 2nd through 5th floors. There are also terraces located both on the rooftop and amidst the canyons, an amphitheater for live shows, and space for small personal vegetable gardens and wagon shops.

+ The Jerde Partnership


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  1. Joel Cee January 17, 2015 at 5:10 am

    The first photo is exactly our view from our room at the Swissotel. This article makes me want to go back soon.

  2. kedwa30 December 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I would love to see entire cities designed this way. It would be possible to build a floating city on the ocean this way which could house and employ a billion people.

  3. farshart December 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Jardar Olsen, this is prime commercial real estate. It was never going to be a park. This is far above and beyond what would typically be done with this type of land.

  4. Jardar Olsen October 7, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Wouldn’t it be nice though, if they could add large parks like these, that are actually just parks? Not concrete jungle interspersed with some trees, but real parks, with grass, a variety of plants, and a way to take a break from the city. No McD’s needed.

  5. Lee Yna September 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Namba Park in Japan – luxury shopping area –

  6. Khawla Taweel July 19, 2014 at 2:55 am

    these are JAPANESE real innovative people

  7. yrag01 May 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Just spectacular!

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