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Shibuya’s Landmark CÉ LA VI TOKYO Opens with Martin Audio

Victoria Wasylak • MMR GlobalSupplier Scene • May 11, 2020

Offering views over Tokyo, CÉ LA VI is a new luxury dining, bar and club lounge complex spread across the 17th and 18th rooftop floors of the revamped Tokyu Plaza Shibuya Fukuras shopping mall. A number of Martin Audio’s specialist ranges were specified by Shintaro Dobashi, director of the company Enter Sandman, who was in charge of the audio design for CÉ LA VI. He explained, “The customer’s request was to connect all three sections of the venue; to create a restaurant that could be used commercially or privately—to make it ideal for a cool Tokyo clientele, and a place that lived up to the reputation of the CÉ LA VI brand.”

The entire CLUB LOUNGE floor is dominated by various Martin Audio loudspeakers. They consist of THV and SXH218 for the main system, with CDD15 and SXF115 for side fills, LE100 for DJ monitoring and CDD12 for the VIP room.

“CLUB LOUNGE is fully glazed and customers can overlook the night sky of Shibuya,” explained Dobashi. “However, we took care of reflections back from the glass when constructing the system. First, we simulated the sound with EASE/EASE Focus, to ensure the bounce back from the glass was minimized, then placed various Martin Audio loudspeakers accordingly. Carrying out repeated simulations at the design stage, we were able to achieve good process control with less slapback. ”

The 17th-floor casual dining area, BAO, offers seated dining with additional terrace seating, creating a club-like atmosphere. “Because we sometimes hold events in conjunction with CLUB LOUNGE on the same floor, we combined Martin Audio C4.8T and C6.8T ceiling speakers, depending on the height,” Dobashi adds. “On the terrace seats, we put CDD12 as a main system, with CDD8 on the sides. An SX118 extends the low frequency, while CDD6 is used in areas where the main system cannot reach. Overall, Martin Audio sound remains unified throughout, including within the club area.”

The fine dining SKY BAR on the 18th floor has also been designed with plenty of Martin Audio C4.8T and C6.8T ceiling speakers evenly distributed, to avoid any hot spotting, or “dead” areas.

In summary, Dobashi said, “I am delighted by the many favorable customer comments about the sound, and also the staff saying how easy it is to use. We had fun to making this project because CÉ LA VI recognize the value of good sound and let us have our heads. I always hope to meet the expectations of customers who respect good sound. This time, we made EASE visualizations so we could view the data before introduction—and I am proud of what we have achieved here.”

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