Mean reason to build the giant bubble is to bring new social energy and optimism to Japanese citizens in flood-affected areas who try to get their lives back on track. “We named the Project Ark Nova, or ‘new ark’, with the hope that it will become a symbol of recovery immediately after the great earthquake disaster”, the designers explain.
The Ark Nova was designed for easy transportation — when deflated it fits in a truck. The walls of the structure consist of a stretchy plastic membrane, designed to enable for quick set-up. The inside, which can accommodate up to 500 people, comprises a series of hand-crafted wooden benches and a stage.