interior rendering of ‘ark nova’, a collaborative project by artist anish kapoor and architect arata isozaki image courtesy of ark nova

indian born UK-based artist anish kapoor and japanese architect arata isozaki are collaborating on the project ‘ark nova‘, an initiave of the lucerne festival and kajimoto music. the intention is to bring hope and promise to those who are dealing with the after effects of the earthquake and tsunami which hit japan earlier this year, particular residents of the tohoku region.

led by isozaki, the mobile concert hall can be easily transported to various locations within the devastated area. kapoor is responsible for the structure’s shell which will be inflatable and made of an elastic material that is ideal for quick build-up and dismantling. the multi-component design will have the capacity to hold an audience of 500 – 700 people.

the hall will provide an platform for musical performances: dance, jazz, multimedia and interdisciplinary projects lead by international artists and ensembles. an artistic committee with personalities associated with the lucerne festival will support the planning. performances are intended to be supported by sponsors and supporters in order to provide the populating of the area with free access to the programs being presented. the hall will not only serve as a venue for these performances, but also as a place to meet and create a sense of normalcy amongst the region.

yasushisa toyota of nagata acousitcs is responsible for the hall’s acoustic design, while david staples of theatre projects is acting as the specialist theatre consultant. ark nova is supported by UBS.

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall image courtesy of ark nova

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall mock-up model of the hall image courtesy of ark nova

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall color sketch of the ‘ark nova’ mobile concert hall image courtesy of ark nova

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall interior sketch image courtesy of ark nova

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall image courtesy of ark nova

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall rough sketch of floor plan image courtesy of ark nova

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall cross-section sketch image courtesy of ark nova

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall image courtesy of ark nova anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall section image courtesy of arata isozaki & associates

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall section image courtesy of arata isozaki & associates

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall programmatic section image courtesy of ark nova

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall elevation image courtesy of arata isozaki & associates

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall plan image courtesy of arata isozaki & associates

anish kapoor + arata isozaki: ark nova mobile concert hall various stage layouts depending on programs image courtesy of arata isozaki & associates