Sculptor Anish Kapoor and architect Arata Isozaki have teamed up to design and build the world’s first large-scale inflatable concert hall in Tohoku, Japan. The mobile structure, called Ark Nova, was designed not only as a venue for concerts and events, but also to spread hope throughout the northeastern part of Honshu, which has been ravaged by earthquakes and tsunamis. The concert hall opens to the public on October 14th.
The giant structure is made from a translucent purple membrane that can fully inflate in two hours and seat 500 people. Built in the northeast of Japan using repurposed tsunami-damaged cedar trees as material for the seating, the concert hall is easily transported around the region.
The organizers of the Swiss Lucerne Festival commissioned the temporary structure as a way of helping the Ark Nova Music Festival in Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, an area devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The organizers see the Ark Nova Project as “a symbiosis of architecture, design, traditional kabuki theatre performances and classical music as well as music education.”
Via This Is Colossal