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This massive purple inflatable structure is called Ark Nova. It was created by British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. The inflatable building will host world-class concerts, events, and workshops. It will be touring different locations in Japan that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
The giant inflatable concert hall was built in collaboration with the organizers of the Lucerne Festival. It consists of a single skin membrane that can easily be inflated and deflated for transportation. It spans a giant distance of 30 meters by 36 meters. The inflatable concert hall will make its first stop at the coastal town of Matsushima, which was badly damaged by the 2011 tsunami. Wood from the tsunami damaged cedar trees in Matsushima were used to create material for both acoustic reflectors and seating inside the concert hall.
There will be all types of events held in the concert hall. There will be classical concerts by Japanese musicians, the Sendai Philharmonic, and musical workshops for the local children. The idea for the inflatable concert hall was developed by Michael Haefliger, the artistic and executive director of the Lucerne Festival. He felt a strong desire to make a contribution to those trying to overcome the consequences of the catastrophe and hopes the Ark Nova will provide everyday pleasure for all those who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.