Our New Campus



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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 address of the new campus is 2-100-1 Kominato-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0802.

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 library, 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.

Our Partners

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 national stadium for the Tokyo Olympics. Our general contractor for the project is Taisei Corporation, one of Japan's largest and most respected contractors and a frequent collaborator with KKAA, including for the Olympic stadium project. 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. 

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.

Project Schedule

After more than two years of planning and design, building permits were obtained in June 2020 and on July 1st construction of the new YIS campus officially got underway. Ground stabilization and foundation work is taking place over the summer of 2020 and the steel framework for the two buildings will start to take shape in the autumn. Construction is expected to take about 15 or 16 months to complete, and after furnishing and outfitting we plan to move to the new campus during the winter holidays in 2021 and begin classes in our new home in January 2022.