Ark Nova is the brainchild of Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, and British artist, Anish Kapoor. It was designed to tour throughout Japan, primarily in areas affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami of 2011 and currently resides in Matsushima. Ark Nova is a mobile, inflatable concert hall / theater with a capacity to seat between 500 to 700 spectators. It is designed for quick construction and dismantling and was prominently featured during the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.
From the outside, Ark Nova looks like a giant blob monster. Once you step inside the massive structure, you can’t help but be blown away by the glowing, colored outer skin and architectural highlights. The balloon-like building structure is the world’s first inflatable concert hall and offers architects and building contractors some insight into the future capabilities of mobile building structures.