Monday, June 30, 2008

Namba Parks

It's funny those particular projects that fly under the radar, even when you are looking straight at them. Treehugger has a case in point, from a post on Green Roofs in Osaka, particularly with the Namba Parks project.

:: image via Treehugger

Built in 2003, "Jerde Partnership Architects "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 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."

:: image via Treehugger

:: image via Metaefficient

There is a bunch more info on Jerde's website, including a plethora of images. See below for some additional eye candy on this one. FYI, the landscape architect on the project is EDAW.

:: The Canyon - image via Jerde

:: additional project images - via Jerde

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