When Zouk Singapore, Asia’s number one nightclub, moved to its new location, it needed help planning lighting systems that would adhere to local conservation restrictions. Zouk’s owners turned to Martin by HARMAN to help design solutions for the club that not only met the expectations of Zouk, but also abided by the local historic guidelines. Zouk wanted to ensure that their façade and internal lighting would gain the attention of visitors who frequently thronged the popular Clarke Quay area.
“For the main room, we had a weight limitation so we had to work out an idea that used materials that were practical for this project. Another important point was that we had to create a design that did not block the view of the party-goers from the second-floor balconies. Finding the balance between keeping to the original design and ensuring good visibility, as well as the weight limitations was definitely a challenge,” said Rebecca Sanchez Pastor, founder of LEDSCONTROL.
The main challenge was time. LEDSCONTROL had a very short lead time to install all the equipment, but with the support of the Zouk team and all other vendors/contractors, they were able to deliver on time without compromising on the quality of the finishes.
Zouk’s facade features a range of Martin lighting solutions that include the Exterior Linear 1200 Graze RGBW, Exterior Wash 110 RGBW, Exterior 100 IP68 Narrow, Martin VC Dot 4 RGB and a custom Zouk Gobo. A Martin M-PC controller was used to pre-programmed the different moods and projection ranging from static colors to animation and low-resolution media solutions to enable the facade to have its own distinct feature.
The entrance to the club features Rush Wizard and Rush DC Aqua fixtures. The Rush Wizard, which can be triggered by music, delivers more than 80 agile light beams, each beam chasing the other while continuously changing color and gobo patterns. Complementing the effect of the Rush Wizard, the Rush DC Aqua projects brilliant aquatic decoration effects, offering a variety of ranging moods – from chill to warm and from a silent trickle to a surging waterfall. The idea is to get the clubbers right into the mood as they arrive at the entrance.
Martin lighting solutions can also be found at Bar 4 of Zouk, Capital dance floor and the Zouk dance floor. The Zouk dance floor features a massive centerpiece lighting structure, affectionately called the “Mothership”. A custom installation designed and programmed by Barcelona based lighting design firm, LEDSCONTROL, the centerpiece was constructed around the idea of creating a sensational piece that could bring about cosmic immersion of light and dance. The diameter of this centerpiece is over 22 feet x 3 feet (7 meters x 1.20 meters). Meticulously pieced together in Barcelona with lightweight aluminum , the structure can create Infinitive number of patterns across a 360-degree view, resulting in an infinite possibility of lighting combinations. It features 18 units of Martin Professional Atomic 3000 LED fixtures. The structure is surrounded by eight perimeter pieces that are shaped like arrows that are intended to draw the crowd into the center of the room where the journey into a cosmic exploration of sights and sounds will take place.
Additionally, LEDSCONTROL was also responsible for the lighting design for the other spaces within Zouk and worked with Martin Professional for the facade, Bar 4 and the Capital dance floor. The Martin Professional team delivered the equipment on time and helped with the set-up for Capital and the facade.
“The Martin team provided with great support, going beyond the call of duty and we had a great experience working with them,” said Sanchez Pastor.
“HARMAN Professional Solutions is privileged to be associated with an iconic name such as Zouk. Our solutions were able to meet their high expectations as well as keep in line with the regulations from the authorities. Martin architectural lighting truly enhances the space and our mix of facade solutions and internal solutions provided the appropriate look and feel and importantly consistency in color and brightness. These lights are the first thing that guests will notice and it is important that they evoke high expectations of what is waiting for them and elevate their experience once inside,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC.