Ark Nova: A new Definition to Concert Halls

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Indian native and UK resident Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki have designed a concert hall with a peculiar twist called Ark Nova. It is a giant purple air-inflated membrane structure, which is widely referred to as the world’s first inflatable concert hall.
Concert hall
The unconventional structure is modeled at least partly on Kapoor’s Leviathan installation. The hall which comes equipped with the necessary stage and sound equipment and surrounding area, various programs will be held, blending performances of world artists, centered on Lucerne festival, which is a prominent gathering of world-renowned musicians, and musical expression activities of the Tohoku region.
Concert hall
The concert space will make its debut in the coastal town of Matsushima in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture, where it will host the Lucerne Festival this weekend. The mobile structure will open to the public on October 14th and will be host to concerts, events, and workshops in tsunami-damaged areas around the country.
It measures about 18 meters high (60 feet) and 35 meters wide when fully inflated, and is originally envisioned to seat 500 guests during an orchestra performance. It can be easily deflated and travel around to host events. The interior is a single uninterrupted space which, depending on the arrangement of equipment, is a multistage format which can accommodate various events from orchestras to chamber music, jazz, the performing arts or exhibitions. Notably, wood from the area’s damaged cedar trees will be used for seating.
Concert hall

Concert hall

Concert hall

Concert hall

Concert hall

Concert hall

See more photos on Lucerne Festival Ark Nova’s Facebook page.