The Eugene Saturday Market Amphitheater is a seasonal installation meant to provide a performance space for local artists and bands in the Eugene Saturday Market during the spring/summer time. While the structure’s primary purpose is to serve artists and therefore act as the focal point within the market, the bandshell can also serve a variety of other purposes when not in its primary use. The structure’s three openings allows the structure to be interconnected with the rest of the market, adding not only versatility, but richness to the events that may occur there.
Inspiration for the design of the bandshell came from vaulted domes typical of European cathedrals. We wanted to bring these beautiful forms to the Saturday Market but with a more modern touch. Specifically, we wanted a lighter and airier version. To do just this, we used very thin LVL lathes to form the grid-like domes that nest in between the heavier curved edges of LSL.