“Namba Parks (なんばパークス Nanba Pākusu) — an office and shopping complex located in the Namba district, Osaka, Japan — is one of the finest examples of urban development.
Built in the footprint of the former Osaka Stadium, Namba Parks was conceived as a large park, a natural intervention in Osaka’s dense urban condition; the whole mall is designed as a canyon. 120 shops are located within the curved “cliffs” of this canyon. 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, making it easy for passers-by to enter its groves of trees, clusters of “rocks, cliffs, lawn, streams, waterfalls, ponds and outdoor terraces. Beneath the park, a canyon carves a path through specialty retail, entertainment and dining venues.”
Numerous restaurants (Japanese, Korean, Italian, etc.) are located on the 6th floor, and shops are located on the 2nd to 5th floors. The amphitheater is used for live shows, and there’s even space for small personal vegetable gardens and wagon shops.