Mahajak equips Bangkok’s Zuma with sound system
THAILAND: Mahajak Development Co Ltd was recently contracted to supply and install a discrete BGM system into the Zuma restaurant in Bangkok. The project also covered the venue’s private dining and DJ club areas together with a more reinforced system for the restaurant’s lounge/bar section.
Having first launched in London in 2002, Zuma established itself in Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dubai and Miami before opening for business earlier this year in Bangkok. Co-founded by Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, the opening of the sixth restaurant in the chain was delayed owing to the widespread city floods in late 2011.
Located on Ratchadamri Road next to The St Regis Bangkok hotel, the 189-seat restaurant’s concept is to provide ‘an elegant, fun and informal dining experience’ designed around the traditional Izakaya style of eating and drinking.
Complementary lighting and background/foreground music were important design factors when envisioning the creation of the 700 sq-m venue, which comprises a restaurant, lounge/bar and outdoor terrace area.
Wooden slats criss-cross the 4m-heigh ceiling in the restaurant to conceal a total of 21 black JBL Control 26CT ceiling speakers and four Control 19CST ceiling subwoofers, hence satisfying Mr Muramatsu’s wish for discretion. However, the lounge/bar area is served by five JBL AC18/26 compact two-way loudspeakers powered by three Crown XTi1000 amplifiers. The volume and source (a Resolutions 100 server-based listing is preferred) is controlled via general manager Paddy McHugh’s iPod Touch in addition to a PC monitor in the control room.
A BSS London Blu-100 digital signal processor enables these functions via Soundweb software into the four identified zones. The private dining area is also equipped with a Blu-6 wall-mounted panel controller allowing guests to play their own music. Meanwhile, the outdoor terrace is furnished with sofa beds laid out in a surrounding garden with water features, in which the musical vibe is increased as the evening progresses. BGM makes way for a DJ operating a Pioneer DJM8000 mixer, twin CDJ2000 turntables and a Vestex PDX-3000MKII, whilst a JBL C2PM powered speaker serves the DJ booth.
Currently, a portable JBL Eon speaker system comprising twin Eon315 speakers and 518S/230 powered subwoofers is used, but Mr McHugh confirmed that Mahajak Development would shortly be installing a permanent system in this zone. Additional JBL outdoor speakers installed comprise three Control 29 AV-1s and three Control 25 AV wall speakers.
Powered by a Crown CTs 1200 amplifier, two JBL wall-mounted speakers provide BGM for the outdoor terrace when the DJ booth is not in operation. Further Crown amplifiers were involved in the project, including two CDi1000s and one 180A.
Additional equipment installed into the venue includes a KL1100M Rack Mount LCD Monitor from Aten and two PS Pro AC Power Sequencers from Furman.
Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo design firm Studio Glitt designed the restaurant, blending contemporary Japanese clean and minimal patterns with Western influences renowned in Asia.