Apr 8, 2010 12:25 PM, By Marian Sandberg
Creating an interactive sensory experience at Living Room.
Drawing inspiration from similarly named but unaffiliated clubs in London, Paris, Tokyo, and New York, the Living Room nightclub is known for its chic comfortable space and great sound system, but Fort Lauderdale, Fla., along the Las Olas River, seemed an unlikely location for a new 11,000-square-foot South Beach-style club.
Jay Krause, owner of Fort Lauderdale-based Sound & Lighting Solutions , designed the lighting and sound systems in the venue, and his company also supplied the gear. Intended to be a highly interactive sensory experience, the venue includes four main spaces, starting with an outdoor Zen meditation garden built around themes of fire and water. Inside are three differently themed rooms: the Opal Room, a white, moody ultra-lounge; the Meditation Room, a modern loft living room-type space with a waterfront view and beds that appear to float; and The Gate, the main room with the area’s most powerful sound system to date.
Krause says that the visuals were not necessarily the top priority. “The first thing that was the most important to the owners was to have that serious nightclub sound, even though it’s three different areas and not huge,” he says, adding that the venue’s thumping beats are courtesy of a Dynacord system, with all the processing within the amplifiers. “Once the audio was done, then we worked around the speaker positions with lighting,” he says.
Once the sound wish list was fulfilled, the creative team turned to visual aspects of the spaces. As one of the owners is a decorator, carving out unique spaces was a must, as was the demand to ensure the guests would not be able to see any of the lighting sources. “Looks were very, very important to the client,” he says, adding that the club caters to its clients by allowing each room to change its mood depending on special occasions and club-goers’ needs.
The Gate, aptly named as the entrance to the venue, features the main dance floor and areas that are “very earthy,” according to Krause, who says the owners wanted this area to have an “elemental effectthings that look like eyeballs, organic stuff.” To keep the effects pumping, The Gate has a rig of Chauvet lighting gear: six Min Wash LEDs, three Min Spot LEDs, and two ST-750 Strobes, as well as a Martin Professional 24/7 Hazer.
“This room also has a 12ft. chandelier with Chauvet ColorDash PARs to make it a centerpiece,” Krause says, noting that he also incorporated lasers into the chandelierChauvet Scorpion Storm Lasers, Scorpion Sky units, and Scorpion Storm RGs. “The room looks like an all-encompassing laser net,” he says. Bubble chandeliers in the main bar add color to the room as well, and a painting lit by Philips/Color Kinetics ColorBlast LEDs changes imagesincluding Buddah, the sky, and various other scenesas the LEDs change color.
Krause notes that a challenge in hiding all the light sources was “to get that certain look without it looking like a Lite-Brite in every room.” In addition, the venue’s vaulted ceilings and odd angles proved to be tricky when it came time to mount the fixtures. “The walls structurally come to a sort of dome, like a pyramid ceiling with curved walls, so that presented a challenge to mount the lasers and other fixtures,” Krause says. “It’s also all finished wood, so we couldn’t cut into it.” He adds that he also backlit the main room with LEDs using three colors to bring out different looks.
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