City of Maple Grove

Town Green Band Shell and Pavilions

The Maple Grove Bandshell and Pavilions represents the investment of a growing community in its civic identity as a great place to live. The design team’s goal was to create an iconic environment for the enjoyment of the Maple Grove community. On the east shore of West Arbor Lake, an outdoor performance venue is defined between a bandshell structure at the water’s edge and support pavilions and a town green landscape that serve as backdrop and gateway to the precinct.

The bandshell provides a high-quality outdoor performance venue for local and regional music and visual arts performance. The performance space is supported by full theatrical lighting and sound system capability. The seating bowl is sized to seat up to 500 spectators on grassy tiers. Support pavilions for toilets, a food concession, and facility maintenance support spaces are joined by a small multi-purpose event space.

The architecture of the bandshell canopy meeting the sky implies multiple associations: an abstracted grove of trees, the lightsome and curved shape of maple seedpods, and clouds. The 105-foot wide concrete bandshell canopy is supported on six narrow concrete columns and gently arcs toward the sky in an acoustically formed shape. The canopies of the adjacent pavilions reprise this curved concrete language and curved shadows are cast onto the building walls. The walls of all buildings will relate to the geology and quarry history of the site through the technique of earthen-colors concrete poured in strata or lifts and exposing aggregate indigenous to the area.


Maple Grove, MN

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