The PA People provides flexible A/V system for The Japan Foundation
AUSTRALIA: Having moved its offices to a new Sydney location, The Japan Foundation enlisted the help of The PA People to provide a complete audiovisual ‘fit-out’ of its conference room, gallery, library and three meeting rooms. The Japan Foundation is a public organisation established to promote cultural exchange between Japan and other nations – leading to the unique requirement that equipment used in the project was sourced from Japanese manufacturers.
‘The Japan Foundation in Sydney organises and coordinates a variety of events in Australia, including Japanese language classes, film screenings, seminars, workshops and exhibitions, each with its own specific list of technical requirements,’ explained Nicolas Howe, programme coordinator, arts and culture department, The Japan Foundation. ‘The A/V fit-out provided by the PA People allows us to conduct these activities in our new premises to the high standards expected by our many visitors.’
‘The conference room encompassed the main space and included video inputs over an HDbaseT infrastructure using the Atlona HDVS Series,’ commented The PA People project manager, Josh Jones. ’Yamaha multi region DVD players were used to play Japanese region specific content. The conference room audio system comprises four SLX Series wireless microphones. These were mixed locally via the Yamaha MG16/4 audio mixer before being processed by the MTX3 Yamaha audio processor and routed to the DS100SE speakers.’
The audio equipment installed joins projectors from Sony and NEC. Within the gallery a custom projector mount was also installed that allowed for a 360-degree configuration to cater effectively for the room's reconfigurable wall layout. ‘This factor highlighted the need for a flexible projector configuration – the custom bracket installed by The PA People allowed for a 360-degree projector rotation to facilitate the needs of these custom layouts,’ furthered Mr Jones. ‘The meeting rooms were fairly simple requirements – featuring Epson projectors – and the library utilised a series of ceiling speakers integrated into the overall sound system.’
A/V processing was performed in a central location and then distributed throughout the office network with local control provided from each area. The MTX3 Yamaha audio processor also receives audio from the gallery and handles the distribution of audio to the entire level. Local control for the conference room and gallery is provided by Yamaha DCP4V4S control panels.
‘The Japan Foundation described in their project brief the image and ambience that they wished to convey to visitors as “open, bright, friendly, sophisticated and simple”. Furthermore, flexibility in spatial arrangements was essential to satisfy the differing acoustic requirements of adjacent spaces, especially when used concurrently,’ recalled Urbanscope (Australia) Pty Ltd associate director, John Hamilton, who was responsible for the project design. ‘Hence an operable wall separates the multi-purpose space from the adjacent reception, gallery and library when closed, but becomes part of these spaces when open. Similarly, the gallery display panels, supported on a gridded ceiling track, can be arranged in an infinite number of layouts or can stored away leaving the gallery space open. Flexibility in planning required a concomitant flexibility in the audio-visual design.’