The architect Arata Isozaki and the sculptor Anish Kapoor collaborated together to create the first large-scale inflatable concert hall in the world which is located in Tohoku, Japan.
The project was named Ark Nova and can be moved as a way of spreading hope to the northeastern side of Honshu which was devastated by earthquakes and tsunamis. The main purpose of the hall is to host concerts but it is also available for other events and it will be opened to the public on the 14th of October.
The structure can be inflated in two hours and is made from a translucent purple membrane with a capacity of 500 seats. The cedar trees damaged during the tsunami were used as material for the seating and the Swiss Lucerne Festival commissioned the structure in an attempt to help the Ark Nova Music Festival in Matsushima City.
According to the organizers of the Ark Nova Project is a symbiosis between architecture, design and Kabuki Theater with a focus on classical music and on musical education.