Beirut’s new temple
LEBANON: Beirut’s Gärten club has opened for its summer season with a new concept based around a re-imagined lighting design. The move has also necessitated an update to its audio solution.
The new concept has seen the outdoor club change from a dome structure to an illuminated pyramid, dubbed the temple. In order to support his vision for the temple, club owner Nemer Saliba needed to have full control over all of its LED strips and pixels. Having been introduced to the technology by his partner Ali Saleh, Mr Saliba turned to Madrix and its ability to control each pixel of the lighting system to achieve this at Gärten.
The temple is built from over a kilometre of LED tubes from LED Studios. These in turn are controlled via Madrix Ultimate software and 16 Madrix Luna 16 interfaces. This was all supplied via the manufacturer’s local distributor, Prolites.
The result is a lighting solution that the club’s resident LD describes as giving him ‘unparalleled control over the LEDs, it is the perfect tool to unleash my imagination’. While Mr Saliba simply describes it as ‘out of this world’.
On the audio side, the structural change led to an upgrade in its Funktion One sound system. The club decided to remain with the British manufacturer but now has a main system comprising eight Evolution 6 cabinets and four F221 subs. The original Resolution 2 and BR221 cabinets now form a solution to cover the VIP area.
‘The new structure has helped keep the sound inside the temple and added an incredible energy to it,’ said Ralph Choueiri, managing partner at Funktion One’s local partner, Audiotec Group.