Kapoor’s Plans To Blow Up A Concert Hall
In 2011, a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed 15,883, injured 6,146, and left 2,654 people missing in Japan. After the disaster, two iconic designers felt the need to help heal and rebuild the region; creating the first ever inflatable mobile concert hall which they call Ark Nova (New Ark). The project is the brainchild of Sculptor Anish Kapoor and Architect Arata Isozaki. The blow up concert hall will bring much needed music and entertainment to the affected regions. “Ark Nova obviously can’t carry people and animals to escape from disaster, but we conceived the ark to travel packed with music and various arts, from the perspective of long-term rebuilding of culture and spirit,” the two said.
Opening next week, the project took two years to develop. The hall will seat 500 and is designed to stage performances ranging from orchestras and chamber music to jazz, theatre, dance and art, and it will host the Lucerne Festival of music this autumn in Matsushima. The walls of the structure are made from a stretchy plastic and can be deflated and packed up for travel to the next location.
Here is the development of the idea into the actual built form: