A Virtual Tour of Japan’s Inflatable Concert Hall

After the mas­sive Fukushi­ma earth­quake in 2011, archi­tect Ara­ta Isoza­ki and artist Anish Kapoor cre­at­ed the Ark Nova, an inflat­able mobile con­cert hall, designed to bring music to dev­as­tat­ed parts of Japan. Made of a stretchy plas­tic mem­brane, the Ark Nova can be inflat­ed with­in two hours. Add air in the after­noon. At night, enjoy a con­cert in a 500-seat per­for­mance hall. After­wards, deflate, pack on truck, and move the gift of music to the next city.

Marc Kush­n­er, author of The Future of Archi­tec­ture in 100 Build­ings, takes us on a vir­tu­al tour of the con­cert hall in the video above. Over on the web­site Dezeen, you can see an array of pho­tos, show­ing both the inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or of this inge­nious struc­ture.

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  • Luis says:

    As you know we had a ter­ri­ble earth­quake in Mex­i­co City just a week ago , I think this piece of art and sol­i­dar­i­ty is a great idea , could you send me the infor­ma­tion to con­nect them in order to install some­one in Mex­i­co as space for art and soul relief .

    Best regards

  • Roger Clayden says:

    I would like to hire the ark Nova Con­cert Hall to put on con­certs in
    Bogn­or Reg­is, West Sus­sex. PO21 1LH Unit­ed King­dom

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