Raffles Istanbul takes A/V outside
TURKEY: Raffles Hotel at the Zorlu Centre in Istanbul has been fitted with equipment from Ecler for its outdoor pool and events area adjacent to the main building. The A/V solution was purchased through the manufacturer’s local distributor, Trio Electronic, and installed by Istanbul-based systems integrator, Gem Proje.
The hotel was looking to make greater use of its outdoor terrace. ‘They had a permanent system and a separate portable system in mind, which were expected to work together seamlessly if required,’ recalled Ugur Karakoca from Trio Electronic. ‘The A/V system also had to be remotely controlled via a network. On top of it all, it had to be highly durable in outdoor weather conditions, as it was going to be placed out in the open air with a very near proximity to the sea, where it would get a lot of wind.’
Trio took this brief and the space available to create a design to meet the hotel’s need. ‘First we took detailed photographs of the venue and recreated it in 3D in a computer environment, where we were able to select the best equipment appropriate for the purpose,’ said Mr Karakoca. ‘We then recreated the environment and system in EASE, and modelled the acoustic response of the configuration, which gave us a very realistic idea about how the end product would sound when the proposed configuration was implemented.’
The designed solution was based around Ecler’s Mimo88 digital matrix and controlled over EclerNet via the manufacturer’s WPmScreen remote control panels. In terms of the output, the pool bar and big screen area are covered by 24 Audeo 108 speakers alongside 20 Audeo 106, with low end courtesy of 10 Audeo SB10P. Additionally, 10 Verso 12P and eight Verso SB115P have been supplied for the portable system.
A further bar area is covered by six Ecler Dacord 108 speakers alongside 10 Audeo 106 powered by the manufacturer’s DPA 2000 amplifier. Low end is via a pair of Verso SB115P and two Audeo 110P.
With the solution designed, the next stage was to prove its capabilities would meet the requirements of the hotel. ‘We presented our reports along with our quotation to the hotel management, who in return asked us to have our reports verified and approved by both Istanbul Technical University and The Turkish Ministry of Environment,’ recounted Mr Karakoca. ‘The process was not easy, but along with a competitor we succeeded in coming out the other side. Both companies were requested to carry out a demonstration of their proposed systems and finally our offer came out as the winner thanks to its sound quality and network control capabilities.’
The installation side of the project saw the big screens fitted first using purpose-made fixings that were highly weather-resistant, along with carefully selected cabling. Following this the speakers were installed around the space.
The final portion of the project was for a wireless headphone system. This will allow hotel guests to watch live events, such as sports matches, without disturbing other people.