ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
sep 25, 2013
ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas

ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan’s flood-hit areas
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013




‘ark nova’, the world’s first inflatable concert hall, will soon tour areas of japan that were devastated in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. designed by british sculptor anish kapoor and japanese architect arata isozaki, the mobile structure will host world-class concerts, workshops, and both traditional and contemporary performance as part of the lucerne festival ark nova. the balloon-like architecture is stationed in matsushima city, which is still healing after being struck by the natural disaster, and the team behind its creation hopes to deliver encouragement and positivity in the form of music. the temporary structure holds about 500 people, whose luminescent purple walls create a billowing interior fitted with handcrafted benches and a stage. take a look at designboom’s coverage of the creative development, process sketches, and initial renderings of the project here.



as seen from above, ark nova will host world-class concerts and events
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013 



the huge purple bubble is made from a thin membrane that can be easily inflated
image courtesy of lucerne festival


a team working to inflate the mobile unit
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013



the balloon-like architecture easily deflates and can become a temporary, movable structure
image courtesy of lucerne festival



interior purple walls billow into a spherical shape
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013



colorful magenta walls are made of a thin, balloon-like sheet
image courtesy of lucerne festival



the temporary structure holds about 500 people
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013



ark nova, lit from within
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013

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