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.

 

 

ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
as seen from above, ark nova will host world-class concerts and events
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013 

 

 

ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
the huge purple bubble is made from a thin membrane that can be easily inflated
image courtesy of lucerne festival

 

 ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
a team working to inflate the mobile unit
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013

 

 

ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
the balloon-like architecture easily deflates and can become a temporary, movable structure
image courtesy of lucerne festival

 

 

ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
interior purple walls billow into a spherical shape
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013

 

 

ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
colorful magenta walls are made of a thin, balloon-like sheet
image courtesy of lucerne festival

 

 

ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
the temporary structure holds about 500 people
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013

 

 

ark nova inflatable concert hall to tour japan's flood-hit areas
ark nova, lit from within
image © lucerne festival arknova 2013

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

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

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

    dbkii
  • Beautiful space and also from the outside.

    Ron Smith
  • I love everything that Anish Kapoor does. The man is an artistic genius.

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

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

    PUK
  • Wow, it looks amazing !

    LuisEfe80
  • Cool. But would you want to stay around nuclear radiated Cesium 137 countryside ? Good luck with your cancer guys…

    archic

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