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

  • Cool. But would you want to stay around nuclear radiated Cesium 137 countryside ? Good luck with your cancer guys…

    archic says:
  • Wow, it looks amazing !

    LuisEfe80 says:
  • At least the world gets to experience what Diller Scofidio+ Renro once envisioned.

    PUK says:
  • Brilliant and beautiful. Circus tent/womb combination could certainly help people feel hopeful.
    Unless it scares the eyebrows off them. (Tsunami survivors imagining collapses, explosions, etc.)
    However, it could actually do both.
    In taking the risk to enter, and be alive within a seemingly fragile structure that references many tough, natural shapes (sea urchin, cabochon jewel & more-) the emotional reward of being held and safe within could be healing beyond any words.

    mkc says:
  • That is definately a unique approach, looks amazing, I think it would look better in tourquise though.

    Homesthetics says:
  • I love everything that Anish Kapoor does. The man is an artistic genius.

    Nicholaus says:
  • Beautiful space and also from the outside.

    Ron Smith says:
  • look back even further than diller et al – Haus-Rucker, Missing Link, Coop Himmelblau, Ant Farm, all circa 1970

    dbkii says:
  • I would not enter that place without a good sharp knife. Looks like another disaster waiting to happen.

    Dizzyman says:
  • No If I were to have a pointy stick to poke it with.

    FromHomesthetics says:
  • Absolutely incredible for a temporary building space!

    Octopus Web Design says:
  • check out Murata Yutaka’s Fuji Pavilion and Floating Theatre Pavilion at Expo 70 Tokyo, if you want to see some great pioneering work in inflatables

    perspective man says:
  • sorry i meant Osaka Expo 70

    perspective man says:
  • Why would anyone want to bring an audience into an area heavily polluted with radioactive contamination?

    Mike Brady says:
  • They are not bringing the audience to this place; they are bringing the concert hall to the audience. The text reads:”…which is still healing after being struck by the natural disaster, and the team behind it’s creation hopes to deliver encouragement and positivity in the form of music. ”
    That’s why.

    mkc says:
  • breathtaking place to concertiı would like to be there

    reservoir dog says:

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