In pictures: Isozaki and Kapoor’s inflatable concert hall launches in Japan
Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has collaborated with London-based artist Anish Kapoor on this temporary concert hall in Japan
The 18m-tall pop-up structure has a capacity of 500 and is constructed from an air-inflated membrane. The bulbous building is designed to be used at various sites around the country, in particular in areas hit by the tsunami in 2011.
Dubbed ‘the world’s first inflatable concert hall’, the membrane structure can be folded up and the equipment contained within it can be dismantled and loaded on a truck, allowing it to be transported to different sites across Japan.
Anish Kapoor said: ‘I am honoured to have been asked to design Ark Nova for the Tohoku area. The structure defines a space for community and for music in which colour and form enclose. I hope that the devastation can be overcome by creativity.’