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