site_header_zone


 
Trending
Herman Miller Targets Office Nomads With Design Challenge
Jot that office product idea down now: It could be ...
Brown Jordan Acquires Tropitone Furniture
Skye chaise lounge by Brown Jordan.   Leading outdoor furniture ...
Harry Hinson, A Stalwart of American Design, Dies at 76
Photo courtesy of The Peak of Chic.   The passing ...
Interior Design Magazine Names 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees
Projects by the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, clockwise from ...
Maison & Objet Fall 2014 Trends
Metal made a strong showing throughout the huge furniture and ...

JOB ZONE

jobseekers:

employers:

 
Weekly Poll
Which September trade show are you dying to attend?

    industry_article_detail_left_zone

    Anish Kapoor and Arata Isozaki's Inflatable Concert Hall in Japan

    ark-nova-inside.jpgPhotography courtesy of the Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2013.


    On the Japanese seacoast ravaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, music wafts out of a massive plum-colored bean or doughnut, actually the world’s first inflatable concert hall. The PVC form of Ark Nova rose in the span of just two hours in the middle of a park in Matsushima, thanks to the assistance of two cranes and a large pump—and the inspiration of sculptor Anish Kapoor and Arata Isozaki & Associates. Fully inflated, the temporary structure reaches 60 feet high by 120 feet long, big enough to seat 500 on four-person benches. Those benches, the flooring, and the acoustical panels are cedar from the ancient trees that had framed the entrance of a nearby Buddhist temple before they were felled by the high waters.


    Kapoor and Arata Isozaki were commissioned by the Swiss nonprofit Lucerne Festival, which also organized such programming as a workshop by Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel. Festival directors hope that Ark Nova, by moving to other hard-hit locales, will draw international attention to a region still suffering. Deflated, the membrane folds up into a 2-ton package measuring 7 by 10 by 33 feet, an easy traveling size for a modern-day Noah’s Ark.


    ark-nova-outside.jpgPhotography courtesy of the Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2013.

    industry_article_detail_central_zone