Named ‘Ark Nova’ which means ‘new ark’ by its creators, in reference to a saviour boat that Noah built to deliver people from catastrophe, this inflatable concert hall for a 500 strong audience is meant to be a symbol of hope for the survivors in Japan’s earthquake and Tsunami hit Matsushita town. Made from coated plastic which can inflate within 2 hours, it is also easily deflated, folded and carried on a truck to various concert destinations. Inflated and installed like ‘a giant marshmallow’ in a park in Matsushita town, it hosted the concerts and cultural events that were central to the town’s culture in an effort to revive life and hope after the devastation the region had faced. This giant purple balloon when entered and experienced during a performance invokes feelings of thrill and amazement at the quality of the interior space and the play of light on the curvatures and panels inside. As a fitting collaboration between iconic architect Isozaki and world-famous sculptor Anish Kapoor this structure reminds us that buildings are as much about the art in them as about the physical space, or about feelings they evoke as about the concrete or masonry that shapes them.