Czech Point Robe Gets Gold Medal in London
Czech technical solutions provider AV Media invested in a substantial amount of new Robe moving lights and Anolis LED fixtures, which are installed at the Czech House Pavilion, a base for all sports fans and supporters of the Czech National Team during the London Olympics. The Czech House has taken over the entire Business Design Centre building in Islington.
Czech National TV's Olympic broadcast studio is located there, and the avilion features massive screens so the public can enjoy all the best of the Olympic action, together with food, beer, wine and digestives, chess, streetball, art, Czech team merchandising and a host of other cultural offerings including a stage for live bands, DJs and other entertainment, with sociability high on the agenda.
AV Media's project manager, Filip Klein explains that when the company won the contract to co-ordinate all the technicals for the Czech House, it was a "no-brainer" that they would specify lighting from the Czech Republic's best-known entertainment technology manufacturer.
Apart from this, with no air conditioning in the venue, it was essential that low heat emitting light sources be utilized to keep the room at comfortable temperatures for everyone's enjoyment.
AV Media also already has Robe products in its inventory, "We like Robe, not just because it's Czech," says Klein, "but because it's reliable and really excellent quality kit." With the Czech House running for 14 hours a day, all the gearwas worked extremely hard for the two-week installation.
The new purchases include a selection of Robe's latest ROBIN series products, including 20 ROBIN 1200 LEDWash and 40 ROBIN 600 LEDWash, six MMX Spots, and eight Robin 600E Beams. These are utilized together with AV Media's existing ColorSpot and Wash 700E AT fixtures and ColorSpot 2500E Ats.
In addition to this, five curved set pieces used to divide up the space into separate areas - and, like the Czech Team clothing designs, inspired by the work of artist František Kupka -- are illuminated with a variety of internally mounted Anolis LED fixtures.
These are a mix of 60 Anolis ArcLine 80MC soft whites and ArcLine Outdoor optic 80 MCs. The environmental lighting is further enhanced with Robe CitySkape Xtremes and CityFlex 48s positioned all around the space.
The majority of the moving lights are hung on a series of trusses installed in the roof of the Business Design Centre, and used to light the various areas, all controlled via two grandMA2 consoles. The entire rig pulls only around an expedient 180kW of power.
The supply was co-ordinated for Robe and Anolis by Petr Kolmacka, who says, "We are really proud to be involved with the Czech House and supporting our Olympic team. AV Media have delivered an amazing job of ensuring the space looks visually interesting and funky."