World's first inflatable concert hall brings joy to Japanese tsunami victims
A giant purple blob dubbed the “Arc Nova” now sits in Matsushima Bay, Japan, and the sound of beautiful music can be heard from it. This is the first inflatable concert hall in the world designed by British artist Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. They designed it to help bring “hope and spirit” to the people affected by the tsunamis that have devastated their towns.
Arc Nova holds up to 500 people with seating made from tsunami damaged cedar trees. The inflatable concert hall is made with special sound absorbing materials allowing classical musicians to play with little noise issues. However, strong rains may affect the concerts by causing noise distractions, and strong winds might actually blow the concert hall away. Even with a few negative points, Arc Nova's main purpose is to bring people in these hard hit communities together.
So far, Arc Nova has successfully been hosting the Lucerne Festival that began on October 13th and will continue for two weeks, hopefully without any issues!