New Vegas superclub selects Robe fixtures

Located inside Caesar's Palace, superclub Omnia shines bright with Robe lighting
Omnia by Hakkasan is the latest addition to the Vegas superclub scene. Photo (c) Drew Ressler.
Omnia by Hakkasan is the latest addition to the Vegas superclub scene. Photo (c) Drew Ressler.

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When new venue Omnia in Las Vegas - the latest superclub launched by Hakkasan Worldwide - required an innovative and epic lighting design, it called on Robe to rise to the challenge. And rise to the challenge it certainly did, as over 100 Robe moving lights were specified for the entertainment lighting design in the main room of the new club at Caesar’s Palace.

The Omnia brief from Hakkasan CEO Neil Moffit encompassed terms like ‘awesome’ and ‘breathtaking’, so architectural/interior designers The Rockwell Group and entertainment technology integration specialist Audiotek worked to ensure an immersive and opulent premium clubbing experience in Las Vegas.

The Robe fixtures are part of a spectacular lighting scheme delivered by Willie Williams – show designer for some of the most savvy and intelligently visual live artists on the planet. Invited to help coordinate the entertainment lighting package to the party by Audiotek’s Frank Murray, Omnia is Williams' first venture into club lighting design.

Audiotek, led by Murray, was at the heart of all Omnia’s entertainment technology aspects including design, specification, assessment and realisation, together with the procurement and commissioning of all equipment. Having worked with the principals of Hakkasan Worldwide for over 20 years across three continents, Murray and Audiotek had also delivered the show-stopping technical elements that have helped make Hakkasan at the MGM Grand - also in Las Vegas - a leading destination for international clubbers.

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Once Williams was committed to the project, he worked closely on the lighting details with Audiotek’s head of lighting, Andy Taylor, and engineering director, Chris Kmeic. All collaborated and communicated closely and constantly with The Rockwell Group based in New York.

David Chesal from Robe Lighting Inc. was also an integral part of the team, bringing his vast experience of club lighting – which also includes Hakkasan Las Vegas – to the table.

From the beginning it was essential to have the most reliable technology in a tough and exacting environment, and the team also needed moving lights that were punchy and versatile. Robe ticked all the boxes, and the team chose Pointes, MMX Spots and ROBIN 300E Spots.

The main room features a massive chandelier centerpiece with 8 moving rings, complete with an internally LED-lit crystal sub-chandelier within. The chandelier fills the main club’s 20 metre (65ft) domed ceiling and is made up of the eight concentric rings, all rigged with lighting fixtures - including some of the Robes - and projection elements.

Engineered by TAIT, its total weight is nearly 6 tonnes (13,000lbs), the largest ring is nearly 10 metres (32ft) in diameter and the smallest one is 4 metres (13ft) and all of them are fabricated from frosted plastic with a grey interior finish. The beautifully fluid movement is controlled via 21 winches in the grid which run at 1 metre a second. A total of 33 x Robe Pointes and 18 x MMX Spots are split between rings 4 and 8 of the chandelier.

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Another 12 x MMX Spots are rigged in the tiered seating above the main room bar, with another four on a truss above the DJ booth. 24 of the ROBIN 300E Spots are positioned on the underside of the mezzanine level around the room, and 16 x ROBIN 300E Spots and eight Pointes are used to provide lighting in the ‘Heart of Omnia’ second room.

According to Audiotek's Andy Taylor, having Pointes at one metre (3ft) centres on circular trusses is: “Fantastic for creating interlacing beam patterns”, while adding a whole new layer of movement to the chandelier, simultaneously heightening its ‘spaceship’ qualities.

Taylor adds: "The MMX Spots were chosen primarily for their dual graphics wheels and the fantastic range of aerial and projected effects. The MMXs give great scope for the creation of numerous moods and ambiences as well as texturing the space at the start and finish of the evening."

The compact ROBIN 300E Spot was selected to complement the colours and gobos of the MMX Spot and also as it is small enough to blend in to the background across the lower-height ceiling areas.

From the outset, Audiotek's Frank Murray explains, the client brief was clear and precise. Using the height and scale of the room - and the right lighting - has enabled the team to come up with something inventive and visually impressive that gives the venue a distinct personality.

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Omnia has already become a flagship venue and an aspiration for others to follow. As Murray says, the goal was to create something: “Better than anything on the Las Vegas scene to date." He adds: "An amazing team came together to produce a result we are all completely proud of."

Omnia opened in a blaze of glory in April 2015 headlined by Calvin Harris, with an upcoming line-up that includes Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero and many more. Shortly after the grand opening, the club also hosted a high profile 21st birthday celebration for pop star Justin Bieber.

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