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Apr 8, 2010 12:25 PM, By Marian Sandberg

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In the Zen garden and on the patio, overlooking the Las Olas River, Chauvet LEDrain fixtures sealed inside weatherproof boxes create downlighting. The audio was the top priority for the client, and once that wish list was fulfilled, Fort Lauderdale-based Sound & Lighting Systems went to work on the visual aspects, making sure the guests could not see the lighting sources.

In the Zen garden and on the patio, overlooking the Las Olas River, Chauvet LEDrain fixtures sealed inside weatherproof boxes create downlighting. The audio was the top priority for the client, and once that wish list was fulfilled, Fort Lauderdale-based Sound & Lighting Systems went to work on the visual aspects, making sure the guests could not see the lighting sources.

In the white rooms

The Opal Room, easily identified by its all-white theme, was designed so the lighting does the work of setting the mood, changing the feel of the room with color. White walls and a mirrored ceiling intensify the effect. Here, a combination of lighting and effects from Chauvet—LEDrain 56s, Intimidator Spot HTI 150s, and an F1250 fogger—and from Elation ProfessionalFlex RGB LED tape and MR RGB E27 LED lamps—are rounded out by Acclaim Lighting X-Stick LED tubes.

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The Meditation Room—with its white couches and a 3D holographic projection of Angelina Jolie inside a ceramic head centerpiece—required the continuing theme of hiding the sources but also ensuring they didn’t blind guests. This area includes three Sanyo PLC-XL51 ultrashort-throw projectors with extreme, fish-eye lenses mounted 4in. from the walls, throwing onto screens that mimic picture frames set on their sides. “People can’t tell how we did it,” Krause says. “There are no shadows created by the projections.” Elation Professional MR RGB E27 LED lamps and American DJ Fantasy Scan 250s make up the lighting in the Meditation Room.

Krause says that the venue’s location overlooking the waterfront created both benefits and challenges. “There are pillars that are structural outer walls between which are windows, so we only had a certain amount of space to work with—maybe 3ft. across, but we had 6ft. high—one of the unique things in that club,” he says. Outside in the Zen garden and on the patio, overlooking the riverfront, Chauvet LEDrain fixtures sealed inside weatherproof boxes create downlighting.

The system is controlled via a Martin Professional LightJockey 2 for The Gate, with Elation Professional Compuware Control for the Opal Room and Acclaim AR-32 controllers for X-Stick LEDs and accessory lighting. Video content is all run from DVDs.

The lounge has become such a draw with the club circuit that it is adding another 10,000-square-foot dance floor, for which Krause says he’s in discussions with the owner about the lighting system. “We’re also excited most about adding an infinity video wall, and they already have us working on the wall and some other ways to change the interior again,” he says. “It’s exciting working with them, because a lot of times, the challenge is coming up with the concept, and it can be hard to get it completed financially and having the client involved. This client has an exact vision, so we aren’t challenged as much. Financially, they wanted what they wanted, so they could make changes elsewhere to get what vision they had.”


Marian Sandberg is the editor of Live Design magazine and livedesignonline.com, where she has worked for six years covering lighting, projection, set, and sound design and technology for the concert, theater, club, architainment, and rental/staging markets. This article first appeared at livedesignonline.com.



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