Umekita Culture Park

Osaka, Japan | 2013


The city of Osaka's call to develop a 24 acre parcel of land in the centrally located Umekita district offers a unique opportunity to create an unprecedented cultural and educational district in a park setting: THE UMEKITA CULTURE PARK. The unique urbanism of the site - its proximity to the flows into and out of Osaka JR station as well as its characteristic sectional urbanism operating simultaneously at levels on, above, and below the street allows us to weave park, cultural, educational, and civic programs together without compromising the imperative to create open green space across the entire site. THE UMEKITA CULTURE PARK mobilizes the distinctive synergies derived from bringing together internationally recognized performance and visual arts institutions, their respective educational components, and the publics they attract. Beyond being a district dedicated to the cultures of performance and exhibition, THE UMEKITA CULTURE PARK will be a place of research production and international educational exchange. The very presence of international students, living, working, and playing in this area will assure its status as a vibrant 24 hour creative community, open both to itself and to the general public.

Project Info

Finalist International Competition  |  Type: Urban Design | Structure: Multiple


Project Credits


Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto


Design Team

Michael Overby, Neil Cook, Hilary Simon, Ryosuke Imaeda, Xian Lai


Interns and Assistants

Masato Kato, Kazuma Asakura, Sylvia Lee, Ke Jia, Ana Morris


Environmental Consultant

ARUP, 77 Water St, New York NY 10005 USA

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