In 2013, renowned Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor teamed up to create the world’s first inflatable concert hall. Dubbed Arc Nova, the mobile venue toured the earthquake and tsuami-ravaged areas of Tohoku, delivering hope and encouragement in the form of music. Resembling, from the outside, a gigantic purple balloon, the concert hall has now landed in central Tokyo, where it will host film and musical events through October 4, 2017.
Made from strips of purple polyester, Ark Nova, after its 2-hour inflation, stands roughly 60 ft wide and 100 ft high with a capacity of 500 people. The wooden benches were completed during a workshop in 2013, in which volunteers showed up and used wood from tsunami-damaged cedar trees at Zuiganji Temple in Matsushima.
Arc Nova was installed in the open field of Tokyo Midtown and opens to the public on September 20, 2017. Various film screenings and musical events are scheduled through October 4 so you should check out the website for details if you plan to go.