Osaka Master Plan

Site: Osaka, Japan

Status: Conceptual Design

Program: Landscape|Urbanism

Client: Osaka Prefectural Government

The Osaka Master Plan creates a new recreational and cultural quarter together with the academic, fashion, electronic and industrial technologies to collaborate in partnership. The master plan offers the opportunity to bring residential and private sectors back to the center of the city to provide a rich mixture between living, working and cultural environments.

The master plan is a sequence of layered land formations within the urban landscape. The spaces between the housing tower forms and landscape allow air currents to be channeled in a systematic way to provide natural cooling during summer and controlled shelter during winter months. The roof urban park is used as a mat device that unifies the various housing tower sectors: protection from inclement weather and develops microclimates.

The main strategy of the master plan is to create high density infrastructural mat organizations that connect ares around the site. The infrastructural mat integrates programs such as parking, commercial, public spaces and circulation system. The vehicle and trains circulation systems are mainly located on the underground of the mat, allowing the pedestrians to enjoy most of the remaining space. The housing towers uses the mat as a platform and the framing device for zoning and cultural sectors.

The programmatic densities are limited to the mat areas that connect different areas of the city by development of a fluid organization that defines edges and cultural densities.