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Awards: "Excellent Greening" & "Architectural Signage and Art".


Awards: "Excellent Greening" & "Architectural Signage and Art".

Category: Asia Pacific - Japan - Events - Rewards
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2024-02-26

Photo credit © Hoshino Resorts

OMO7 Osaka was awarded the Excellent Greening Award and the Architectural Signage and Art Award at the 42nd "Osaka Machinami Awards" (Osaka Cityscape Architecture Award), hosted by Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City, on December 22, 2023.

The awards were presented at an award ceremony on January 24, 2024.

The Osaka Cityscape Architecture Awards AKA "Osaka Machinami Awards"

This award show aims to enhance the overall urban environment by encouraging organizations to create beautiful, distinctive, and impressive cityscapes, awarding organizations that construct and maintain outstanding buildings and urban landscapes.

This award1, initiated in 1981, has become a notable recognition and a distinguished accolade.

*1: "Osaka Machinami Awards" AKA Osaka Cityscape Architecture Awards - Homepage :(

Judges’ Comments: Excellent Greening Award

The green space project called “Miya-green” dramatically transformed the landscape visible from the platforms of the JR Shin-Imamiya Station.

While the approximately 7,600 square meters of greenery is only accessible to hotel guests, the project presents lush landscape visible from the surrounding area, a rare sight in the densely populated urban area, significantly contributing to the scenery of the local area.

Rather than a tasteless expansive green space, it also includes park elements like inclined pathways, wood decks, a central grass square, and roofed multi-functional spaces, showcasing the layered allure of urban green spaces.

Judges’ Comments: Architectural Signage and Art Award

Now a common sight in urban settings, 3D letter signages are often used to highlight the area’s name.

The 3D letter signage of OMO7 is strategically placed in the corner, serving as a backdrop for both Miya-green, which won the Excellent Greening Award, and the hotel.

This placement offers the most visually appealing angle for Instagrammable photos. At night, the building's exterior, coated with membrane material, transforms into a media facade that entertains with computer-controlled LED light shows2.

The integration of these elements is expected to turn OMO7 into a new tourist attraction in Osaka.



  • Period: Year-round
  • Time: From 19:30 to 22:00 daily
  • Venue: Garden Area Miya-green
  • Available to: Hotel guests
Note: Display contents are subject to change or cancellation based on weather conditions and availability.

Reference: Cooling Effects of Garden Area Miya-green

The values in the diagram represent the Standard Effective Temperature (SET)*3.

The garden includes approximately 1,700 square meters of grass, around 200 plantings, and a terrace deck with a pergola*4, resulting in a cooling effect facilitated by the green landscape.

The reasons for this cooling effect include the suppression of surface heating due to lush green surfaces, shading provided by trees and pergolas, and the watering of plantings*5.

In intense summer sunlight, apparent temperature can reach 40°C even when the actual ambient temperature is 30°C, mainly due to the heating of urban surfaces like asphalt.

However, it has been shown that natural and artificial shades can contribute to a reduction of 3–7°C in apparent temperature while greenery and water-retaining surfaces can lead to a 1–2°C decrease in perceived temperature*6.

Simulations replicating Miya-green's greenery, pavement, and surrounding roads and blocks, showed that perceived temperature one meter above the ground under trees and pergolas are approximately 5°C lower compared to asphalt surfaces.

In the grassy fields, the apparent temperature was about 1°C lower than asphalt surfaces.

*3 Considered as an indicator of the level of comfort in a given space, it is defined as the temperature of the standard environment with a relative humidity of 50%, where thermal sensation and heat dissipation are equivalent to those in real environments.
*4 Roof constructed with wood and aluminum.
*5 Watering grass, crops, etc.
*6 Based on the Ministry of the Environment official website's guidelines on coping with heat in urban areas (Revised edition from March 2018).

Reference: Contribution to SDGs

Hoshino Resorts believes in Creating Shared Value (CSV), a management approach that balances economic and social value. Viewing SDGs as an impetus for advancing CSV management, Hoshino Resorts actively promotes environmentally conscious initiatives.

Hoshino Resorts believes that incorporating eco-friendly technologies in hotel construction contributes to Goal 7: "Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all" of the SDGs.

About OMO Brand

City tourism hotel to discover the wonders of the city

OMO is a city tourism hotel in a convenient city-center location, perfect for exploring the deep, urban culture. We consider the city centered around the hotel to be part of our resort, offering a variety of options to see, eat, and shop. With the cooperation of the local community, city-lovers can get an insight into culture through our original tours and maps; sharing locals’ all-time favorites to hidden gems only with you!

What is an OMO number?

The number after “OMO” in the name of the property represents the breadth of our services to meet a variety of travel needs. With this number, guests can choose an OMO hotel that is best suited for a particular trip. Every trip may differ depending on its purpose and the way time is spent will change accordingly, so find your best OMO, which is your number 1 supporter of city tourism.

About OMO7 Osaka by Hoshino Resorts

  • Address: 3-16-30 Ebisu-nishi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0003
  • Room Rate:
  • Twin Room - Starts from 61,000 JPY per night
  • Idobata Suite - Starts from 109,200 JPY per night
    • *Room rates per room and inclusive of tax, dinner and breakfast
  • Facility: 1F to 14F
  • Guest rooms, OMO Base (front desk, library lounge, shop, cafeteria “OMO Café & Bar”, restaurant “OMO Dining”, “Miya-green” garden area, public bathhouse
  • Number of Rooms: 436
  • Directions: In front of Shin-Imamiya Station (JR Nankai Railway), approximately 3 minutes by walk from Doubutsuen Station and Shin-Imamiya Eki-mae Station

About Hoshino Resorts

Hoshino Resorts was first established as a Japanese inn/ryokan in 1914 in Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture before it began the operation of other resorts in Japan. Today, it has evolved into a highly influential hotel management company and is run by 4th-generation family member Yoshiharu Hoshino. Providing a unique experience focused on the local charms of each destination and a high level of omotenashi, Japanese-style hospitality, the company has expanded rapidly out of Karuizawa since 2001 and now operates more than 60 accommodations both in and outside Japan with one of the following categories: luxury hotel brand “HOSHINOYA,” hot spring ryokan brand “KAI,” countryside resort hotel brand “RISONARE,” city tourism hotel brand “OMO,” free-spirited hotel brand “BEB,” or other unique lodgings.

Photo credit © Hoshino Resorts

Photo credit © Hoshino Resorts

Photo credit © Hoshino Resorts

Photo credit © Hoshino Resorts

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