World’s First Inflatable Concert Hall Opening in Japan

Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2013. Image Courtesy of The Telegraph

The Telegraph reports that a new inflatable dubbed “Ark Nova,” created by the British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, is to tour the region of northern that was most affected by the 2011 Tsunami. The hall, which will host world-class concerts, events and workshops, has a single skin membrane that can be easily inflated or deflated as well as seating constructed from local, tsunami-damaged cedar. The opening will take place this week in the coastal town of Matsushima. Learn more about the hall here.

ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond

Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

Authors: Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond
Location: Olympics B+B, Omega Works, 4 Roach Rd, , Greater E3 2LX, UK
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 114.5 sqm
Photographs: Gautier Deblonde, Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

Investigating Architecture Through Sculpture

Photo by Marie Aschehoug-Clauteaux - http://www.flickr.com/photos/marie-aschehoug-clauteaux/

Architecture often attempts to play with several spatial and formal concepts but the extent of this experimentation is often limited by budgetary and engineering constraints. Sculpture is a medium with which formal and spatial tests can be performed to an aesthetic extent without architectural limitation. There are several modern sculptors whose products can be seen as architecture. Here we will look at the works of Robert Smithson, and .