The World’s First Mobile Inflatable Concert Hall ‘Ark Nova’ to Tour Quake-Damaged Japan

Ark Nova inflatable concert hall

Ark Nova is a 500-seat concert hall that can be packed up and transported thanks to its inflatable structure—according to its creators, the Ark Nova is the world’s first mobile inflatable concert hall. It measures 98 feet by 118 feet and features a rounded, organic design by British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. The hall was commissioned by the Swiss Lucerne Festival as a way to bring concerts and performances to areas of Japan that were affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Ark Nova was officially unveiled at the Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2013 in Matsushima on September 27, 2013. The festival runs through October 13, 2013.

Ark Nova inflatable concert hall

Ark Nova inflatable concert hall

Ark Nova inflatable concert hall

photos via Lucerne Festival Ark Nova

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