Our New Campus
Location and Scale
The new YIS campus will be built on a 14,685m2 greenfield site in Kominatocho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, less than 2 kilometers from our present campus. The site is adjacent to a shopping complex and close to other commercial and residential areas of the Honmoku neighborhood.
The new site is about 50% larger than our current campus and will accommodate a full-size athletic field in addition to the classroom buildings. Current plans under development call for the construction of two buildings: a 4-story structure housing the cafeteria, performing arts center and most of the classroom areas and administrative offices, and a 3-story structure housing the Early Learning Center and PE facilities, including a double gymnasium and indoor swimming pool. Total floor area for the two buildings will be about 50% larger than the nine buildings that comprise our current campus.
We are thrilled to be working with Kengo Kuma & Associates (KKAA) as lead architect for the project. Kuma-san, a Yokohama native widely recognized as one of the world’s leading architects, is particularly well known for his use of wood and other natural materials, which we plan to incorporate into our new campus design. Among his notable projects is the new Olympic Stadium now being constructed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We are also pleased to be partnering with Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) as project managers. JLL have broad international experience in managing large-scale projects such as ours. A general contractor for construction of the new campus will be selected later this year following a competitive tender process.
Architectural Direction and Key Features
In launching our new campus design, we articulated several key principles as part of an architectural brief (see excerpts here). Chief among these were the desire to make every space a learning space and to retain and enhance the warm sense of community that people have when walking into our school now. Following on from this direction will be the creation of multiple open hub spaces that allow learning to flow flexibly in and out of classrooms as well as larger common spaces - both inside and outside - for community interaction.
Other key features and improvements include the following:
Larger more flexible learning spaces that better reflect and align with our approach to teaching and learning.
Greatly enhanced athletic facilities, including a full-size soccer pitch, double gymnasium, and 25-meter indoor swimming pool.
Integrated performing arts center with 420-seat auditorium, black-box drama teaching and performance space, larger music rooms and practice rooms all in close proximity to each other.
Art & Design area with expanded workshop and studio space to accommodate a wider range of creative endeavors.
A self-contained campus for greater convenience and security.
Schematic design of the new campus is nearly complete and the detailed design process will begin following selection of the general contractor in September 2019. We are looking to break ground on construction early in the summer of 2020 with a targeted completion date of November 2021. Move-in to the new campus is scheduled to take place during the winter holidays, with classes beginning in our new home in January 2022.