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Former Yokohama City Hall to be transformed into Innovation Center

by | Sep 11, 2019

Yokohama City Hall is scheduled to relocate to Minato-Mirai district from Kannai district in 2020, and the city recently announced that it would be redeveloping the former building and surrounding site in Kannai. A committee comprised of Mitsui Fudosan and seven other partnering companies has been selected to redesign the site. Their plan is to preserve and highlight the highly valued architectural design of the existing building as a unique hotel. Additionally, a new building complex will be constructed nearby, with space reserved for cutting-edge domestic and global companies, and one of the universities based in Yokohama. This complex will serve as a business innovation center, including co-working and event space, to support startups and innovation-drivers.

Yokohama City Hall Innovation Center - Renovation Concept Image

<Former Yokohama City Hall Building – Project Concepts>

  • International collaboration of industries and academia providing new business creation with innovation offices
  • Experience-based tourism service to attract more tourists
  • Symbolic space open to surrounding area
  • Revitalization of the area and city branding

2024 fiscal year (scheduled)
111,017 square meters (1,194,977 square feet)
160.7 meters (30 floors and a basement)
*Images are conceptual and information is still subject to change.

The Mayor of Yokohama declared her determination of developing “Innovation City Yokohama” in January 2019. Through collaboration with large companies, SMEs, startups, entrepreneurs, startups supporting companies, universities, real estate developers and area management groups, innovative projects both hard and soft have been created.


Related Links:

Yokohama City Hall contact website

Read previous articles below regarding Yokohama City’s initiatives in innovation:

Yokohama City and WeWork Japan commit to jointly promote innovative culture in Yokohama

New Support-Base for Startups Opens in Yokohama

LIP. YOKOHAMA BIBLIO – New support center for life-science SMEs and startups opened within Yokohama City’s WeWork

Yokohama proposes a center to promote human resources development and networking for innovators

Mayor Hayashi signs “Innovation City Yokohama” declaration

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