Arata Isozaki & Associates

September 19, 2011 /

Higashi Nihon, Japan

Image courtesy ARK NOVA

The goal of the ARK NOVA project is to bring new hope and promise to the people in the region through music and art.

A devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the Higashi-Nihon region of northern Japan on March 11, 2011. Much has already been accomplished thanks to extensive national and international assistance, and reconstruction is in full swing.

The mobile concert hall, that can be transported to various locations in the devastated region, is being constructed under the direction of Arata Isozaki, in close collaboration with sculptor Anish Kapoor, who is responsible for the design of the building's shell. The inflatable shell is made of an elastic material that allows quick erection and dismantling.

Image courtesy ARK NOVA

Image courtesy ARK NOVA

Image courtesy ARK NOVA

Image courtesy ARK NOVA

The multicomponent design includes a hall with seating for between 500 to 700 spectators. Starting in the spring of 2012 the hall, called Ark Nova, will provide a unique platform for performances and appearances encompassing classical music, jazz, dance, multimedia and interdisciplinary artistic projects by leading artists and ensembles from around the world in various locations throughout the region.

Drawing courtesy ARK NOVA

Drawing courtesy ARK NOVA

Drawing courtesy ARK NOVA
Drawing courtesy ARK NOVA
Sketch courtesy ARK NOVA

Sketch courtesy ARK NOVA

The project was initiated by the Lucerne Festival along with the Japanese concert and artist management agency Kajimoto. An artistic committee with renowned personalities associated with the Lucerne Festival will support the program planning. The performances are intended to be supported by sponsors and supporters in order to provide the population of the region with free access to the programs being presented.

Facts about ARK NOVA

Coordination and Implementation:

Kajimoto Agency


Arata Isozaki


Anish Kapoor

Acoustic Design:

Yasuhisa Toyota

Theatre Consultant:

David Staples

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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