Flexible light turns restaurant into vibrant nightclub
Stylish, contemporary, and state-of-the-art, Spin Ultra Lounge is the ultimate night-life destination in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. The Moroccan-themed space mimics a colonnade, with raised bars and columns around the perimeter of the venue and a dance floor and stage in the middle. Serving as a restaurant, lounge, nightclub, live performance venue, and casual happy hour spot, Spin Ultra Lounge needs to change its look and feel at the touch of a button. The key ingredient in the lounge's flexibility is its LED lighting system, which can instantly transform the ambiance of the entire space - from day to night, from a warmly lit restaurant to a colorful concert backdrop to a vibrant night club.
The design team for the project consisted of a diverse group of individuals. Lionel Ohayon of ICRAVE led the interior design and lighting efforts, and worked with Joe Zamore from LED Source to specify the best LED solutions for the project. Angelo Poulos from Advanced Audio Technology brought in his expertise for the audio portion. Howard Werner of Lightswitch then integrated both the lighting, video, and audio components through his programming efforts. The result was a truly immersive experience for Spin customers.
To start, the team created a three-dimensional media wall that wrapped around the perimeter of the space. The walls are fitted with LCD monitors and overlaid with hexagonal lattice sculptures derived from a vintage Moroccan pattern. Color Kinetics iColor Cove MX Powercore LED luminaires (now specified with PureStyle Compact Powercore, IntelliHue) line the top and bottom of each wall, transforming them into dynamic, color-changing surfaces. The digitally controlled LED lighting coordinates with the LCD screens and with projectors lighting the lattice sculptures, creating a multi-dimensional and vibrant atmosphere.
To light the lounge's stylish entrance, the team installed eW Cove EC Powercore 2700 K wide beam LED luminaires. In addition, eW Fuse Powercore 2700 K luminaires (now specified with PureStyle IntelliHue) uplight and downlight the etched glass wall in the entry. iColor Cove MX Powercore luminaires illuminate the ceiling coves and the dance floor, while eW Cove EC Powercore 2700 K luminaires accent the undersides of the bar counters. ColorBurst 6 luminaires (now specified with Burst Powercore, IntelliHue) in ceiling pockets spotlight unique Moroccan accent pieces throughout the venue.
The design team chose Color Kinetics LED luminaires for the project because of their high-quality color mixing and because they require minimal maintenance, allowing the original design and focus to stay intact years after the design team leaves the building. "We can be sure of the high quality and color-consistency of the fixtures," says Joe Zamore of LED Source, "It was the clear choice."
LED lighting takes Spin Ultra Lounge to the next level of entertainment — the luminaires are incorporated seamlessly into a media-rich digital system of light, video, and sound to provide a truly immersive experience. The digitally controlled system gives the venue the ability to change its look and feel at the touch of a button, setting the tone for any occasion. Zamore adds, "The LED lighting gives the venue a distinct personality, and brings it to life."