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Ark Nova – say hello to the world’s first inflatable movable concert hall


One of the most interesting things we’ve come across in a long time is something you might have never thought about. Ever heard of an inflatable concert hall that could travel with you anywhere around the world? No? Well, you have now. You can thank us later for making you smarter than you were 5 seconds ago.

This unique piece of plastic/rubber is called Ark Nova, and it originates from Japan. It was designed and created by Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor for the purpose of housing music concerts, and manages to cram 500 seats inside the dome. The seats are made from cedar trees damaged in the huge tsunami that recently ravaged Japan.


Ark Nova made its debut in Japan on Friday, September 27th and if it proves to be popular we could very well be witnessing the evolution of the concert hall, taking the music directly to the people. In fact other mobile buildings similar to the Ark Nova might soon pop up on the scene, although only time will tell if patrons find this kind of building attractive and secure compared to regular structures.

Oh, before you leave, there’s something you need to know. The inflatable structure takes around 2 hours to blow up into its final form. That’s quite short for something that is so massive, and let’s hope that this thing is safe for patrons as it appears the Ark Nova only has a single exit.

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