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Lake Harriet Band Shell – Minneapolis, MN

This new music facility grew out of an open design process involving a 33 member advisory committee. The committee was composed of people representing a variety of interests including use, aesthetics and the protection of the neighborhood from excessive noise, parking and crowds. The band shell provides a stage to accommodate groups as large as a full orchestra or chamber orchestra with choir. Since residential areas are immediately adjacent to the site, the audience capacity has been limited to a formal arrangement of 900 seats. Careful placement of the building assures good sight lines for the audience and projection of sound away from the neighboring homes.