Inflatable concert hall brings music to Japan's tsunami survivors

We've all seen how parts of Japan were devastated by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami a couple of years ago. Survivors in the region get little relief from rebuilding their devastated communities, so the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland decided to send them something to take their minds off the destruction, at least for a little while.

The Ark Nova is a classical music concert hall that seats 500, but instead of requiring years to build, its inflatable structure can be erected quickly almost anywhere. Designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki working with British designer Anish Kapoor, Ark Nova will debut in Matsushima on September 27 with a concert conducted by classical superstar Gustavo Dudamel. Future concerts cover a wide range of artists from Claudio Abbado to Ryuchi Sakamoto.

Check out the gallery to see what this amazing space looks like, both inside and out.

Ark Nova, via Spoon Tamago

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