At first, we thought this one to be a giant jellybean that just invaded a scenic Japanese landscape. However, the Ark Nova is more than just a giant-sized sweet. Instead, this structure is the world’s first inflatable concert hall, and has been developed to bring entertainment to the earthquake-hit Japan. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki teamed up to think this one through and have it brought to life. The Ark can seat between 500 and 700 audience members and has a regular-sized stage for performances.
The Ark Nova will tour Japan as the country recovers from the damage caused by the earthquake. Currently, this one’s set up in Japan’s Matsushima and will soon visit more spots as such in Japan. Once the Ark Nova has spent a considerable amount of time entertaining the town’s folk, the structure will be deflated, packed in a trailer and set to its next destination! If you’re in and around Japan, don’t forget to catch this iconic concert hall as it moves from one Japanese town to another, helping the country back on its feet.
[Via - Huffingtonpost]