The Schubert Club Band Shell is a tough yet delicate, self-supporting and free-standing sculptural structure of laminated glass. Commissioned by The Schubert Club, the band shell hosts cultural events ranging from chamber music to poetry readings. The anticlastic curvature and laminated glass with an etched interior surface create an acoustic framework for performances.
The vision of the client, The Schubert Club of St. Paul (the oldest chamber music society in the USA’s Mid-West) and the island owner, the City of St. Paul Division of Parks and Recreation, was to re-awaken recreational activity along the river front.
JCDA designed a visually delicate structure that glows day and night and that survives the long cold winters and high snow loads as well as occasional floods. A sinuous, translucent, low-iron faceted laminated glass form does not impede the flow of the river during flood season and also acts as a two-sided performance space.
Client: Schubert Club St. Paul
Concept Structural Consultant: Schlaich Bergmann and Partners