CONCEPT

We’ll try just about anything out of interest,
even if it’s a little eccentric or difficult.
The free spirit nurtured in Osaka
meets a fresh breath of verdant green
right next to Osaka Station, leading to the future,
bringing together people, things, and activities.

This town offers generous greenery, which benefits us in many ways.
The pleasures of nature liberate our minds and bodies,
offering us soothing respite, as well as the stimulation to innovate.

Nature encourages us when we’re about to give up.
If we get a little tired, it lets us take a break.
When we seek friendship, it connects us.
It helps us create things not yet seen in the world.

No matter who you are, what you do, or how you feel,
this town will accept you, embrace you just as you are,
so you can liberate yourself,
and take your first steps into a new world.

Verdant foliage is budding in Umeda right now.

2024 [Umekita 2nd Project] Advanced Opening

MIDORI

Innovation

Creating “Osaka MIDORI LIFE”
Towards happy lives and a society with hope

We cross the usual paradigms of urban development to contribute to building a society where we accept the diversity of all nationalities, ages, genders and special needs, understand each other’s wisdom, and sense an improvement in the Quality of Life (QOL) for each. For that, we will create an urban space brimming with vitality in harmony with MIDORI (greenery), facilities as starting point for innovation activities, places and structures where citizens and businesses can challenge themselves to new activities, thus delivering the energetic, creative life model “Osaka MIDORI LIFE” from Umekita to the Kansai region, and also around Japan and the world.

Landscape

Architecture

Landscape in union with architecture
to create the MIDORI ground, brimming with diversity and vitality

MIDORI envisions a city where a variety of people gather and keep discovering new worlds and new aspects of themselves. A cohesive landscape, entailing connectivity among architecture and inspired by reviving “Osaka’s Original Rich Moist Landscape,” generates spaces brimming with green. The overall landscape design will be led by the globally active GGN, creating a diverse and unique public space while reviving the vernacular features of Umekita. With distinctive landforms and diverse spaces generated by strategically placed cubic architecture, a three-dimensional urban space will be realized where people can feel a sense of light, breeze, and green.

GGN

GGN

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GGN

A landscape architecture company founded in Seattle by Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol in 1999, GGN designs landscapes of international importance, including "Lurie Garden" (2004) in Millennium Park in Chicago and the "National Museum of African American History and Culture" (2016) in Washington, DC. Among many prestigious awards, GGN has received the ASLA National Landscape Architecture Firm Award (2017) and the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture (2011). GGN leads the landscape design of the entire project, working in collaboration with the Nikken Sekkei Ltd. and Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei, Inc. landscape teams.