Japan is a land with a rich and interesting history, known for its beautiful cherry tree festivals and enchanting geisha. But Japan also brings a history of innovation and it is renowed for its dazzling inventions. Now, the Land of the Rising Sun comes with a new innovation that will charm music lovers: the world’s first inflatable, mobile concert hall, the Ark Nova. As time passed, Japan brought many new products to life. The bullet trains, robots that look very similar to humans and liquid pancakes are only a few. Let us not forget about interesting innovations in the game market. After all, Japan was the country that developed the Nintendo game boy. This device kept children enchanted for years. The inflatable concert hall is one of their latest.
The Ark Nova is the result of a partnership between Arata Isozaki, sound designer Yasuhisa Toyota, Kajimoto Agency, and British-Indian sculptor Amish Kapoor. The concept was first developed two years ago when designers announced their desire to bring the project to life. It was meant to be the low-cost answer to holding relief concerts that would encourage the population after the tsunamis in March 2011.
The inflatable, mobile concert hall can host up to 700 people. It takes two hours to inflate. Moreover, it is modeled after Kapoor’s 2001 Leviathan installation that looks like a red balloon chamber.
The Ark Nova was first put in use this weekend. It will host Sweden’s Lucerne Festival in Matsushima City from September 27th to October 13th. Among the performances that will take place in the concert hall are traditional kabuki plays, musical workshops for children, concerts of the Sendai Philharmonic and other classical concerts.
The Lucerne Festival is meant to give the people who live under the specter of the March 2011 events something to look forward to. The first inflatable, mobile concert hall is a low-cost solution to housing travelling concerts. Inventions such as the Ark Nova might spread from Japan to the entire world. Would you like to watch a concert in such a concert hall?