The organization European musical Lucerne Festival, lent its support to the city of Matsushima for the creation of a very special musical event in an area still recovering from the wounds left by the terrible earthquake of 2011, emerging as the Lucerne Festival New Ark.

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Courtesy of Anish Kapoor, Arata Isozaki

To develop the event space container were invited the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, a big name in the panorama of Japanese architecture and British indian born, sculptor Anish Kapoor.

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Courtesy of Anish Kapoor, Arata Isozaki

Such a union could not have other results that were not a majestic space, imposing, but at the same time simplistic, minimalist and a tremendous emotional burden. Thus arises the NEW ARK inflatable concert hall. An organic structure – where one can review some of the works of Kapoor – ballon -like architecture for its construction in light textile.

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Courtesy of Anish Kapoor, Arata Isozaki

Its interior can hold up to 500 people seated in handmade furniture, with a stage to accommodate an entire orchestra or some other venues. The outer purple fabric envisions a magical interior, but the interior light variations make the sensory experience even greater. The New Ark is the way how Isozaki Kapoor wanted to bring hope and encouragement to Matsushima inhabitants in the form of music and a temporal structure, movable and sturdy.

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Courtesy of Anish Kapoor, Arata Isozaki

The speed of installation of all this structure may be the ideal metaphor on how the japanese people reacted from a natural disaster or other catastrophe.

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Courtesy of Anish Kapoor, Arata Isozaki

The Lucerne Festival New Ark is the place for various concerts and workshops of traditional and contemporary music .

By Luis Pina Lopes

Courtesy of Anish Kapoor, Arata Isozaki

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