This balloon-like form is the world’s first inflatable concert hall, entitled “Ark Nova.”
In 2011, Japan was hit with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and a huge tsunami that left incredible destruction. In efforts to restore hope and normalcy among those affected, the Ark Nova was created.
From the outside it resembles a giant, plushy purple jelly bean, while on the inside it looks more like a glowing, colored seashell. Actually, this balloon-like form is the world’s first inflatable concert hall, entitled “Ark Nova.” It was created by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and iconic British sculptor Anish Kapoor, and was launched last month in Japan. It is currently in the country’s tsunami-affected northeast, hosting the two-week Lucerne Festival at scenic Matsushima Bay until 13 October 2013.
The mobile concert hall being built, can be transported to various locations in the devastated region. The multi-component design includes a hall with seating for between 500 to 700 spectators, has a width of 30m, length of 36m and maximum height of 18m. The inflatable shell is made of an elastic material that allows quick erection and dismantling. The interior is a single uninterrupted space which, depending on the arrangement of equipment, is a multi-stage format which can accommodate various events from orchestras to chamber music, jazz, performing arts or art exhibitions.
According to Anish Kapoor, ”I am honored to have been asked to design Ark Nova for the Tohoku area. The structure defines a space for community and for music in which colour and form enclose. I hope that the devastation can be overcome by creativity. Music can give solace and bring community together and in so doing can help us to see we are not alone.”
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