Inflatable Concert Hall Opens In Japan

A giant purple structure believed to be the world’s first inflatable concert hall has opened on Japan’s disaster-hit northeastern coast. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material that has been erected at a park in the town of Matsushima. The structure, which organizers say is a world’s first, measures about 18m and 35m wide when fully inflated with room for about 500 guests. No word yet about the quality of the acoustics.

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