An inflatable concert hall called Ark Nova is embarking on a tour of areas in Japan ravaged by the March 2011 tsunami. Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and British sculptor Anish Kapoor created the transportable structure, made of a single skin membrane.
Michael Haefliger, executive director of the Swiss musical event Lucerne Festival, initiated the idea as a way “to give the people who are living with this situation something more than everyday pleasure,” he told the Telegraph.
The opening weekend takes place in the town of Matsushima, where cedar trees befallen by the tsunami were used for acoustic reflectors and seating in the temporary concert hall. In addition to concerts by the Sendai Philharmonic, the 500-seat structure—measuring 98 feet by 118 feet—will host events such as traditional kabuki performances and musical workshops for children.