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Genelec adds RAW sophistication to Helsinki restaurant

Restaurant owner Tomi Björck – one of Finland’s best-known chefs and restaurateurs – contacted Genelec directly to discuss fitting twelve Genelec 4030s in their RAW finish throughout Asian cuisine restaurant Lily Lee. Installation found out why

Finnish AV integrator, 4Business Oy, has installed twelve Genelec 4030 installation loudspeakers in the brand’s distinctive RAW finish across the three areas of the Lily Lee restaurant, situated in Helskini. Lily Lee offers a range of unique dishes inspired by Taiwanese cuisine, Hong Kong’s street kitchens and classical Cantonese cooking.

Restaurant owner Tomi Björck – one of Finland’s best-known chefs and restaurateurs – had initially contacted Genelec directly regarding the speakers, being a big fan of the brand which is always first choice for his venue fit-outs.

No surprises
4Business CEO Janne Lankinen was unsurprised by Björck’s choice of loudspeakers. “Music and atmosphere are crucial elements for Tomi at all of his venues. “Whilst he aims for a relaxed atmosphere, the emphasis is always on quality and natural materials and ingredients – whether it be the quality of the food, the furnishings, or the sound system. It therefore comes as no surprise that he [Björck] went straight to Genelec for his audio requirements.”

The twelve 4030s were installed as a zoned, distributed system throughout the restaurant, lounge and bar. For processing and routing, 4Business opted for a Symetrix Prism 4×4 Dante processor and a T-5 touchscreen control panel loaded with 4Business’s own graphical user interface for straightforward fingertip management and control. “We have found that this combination is perfect for restaurant staff as a low-threshold, easy-to-use control solution in hospitality environments,” remarked Lankinen. “It gives them everything they need – and no more!”

The RAW aluminium finish of the 4030s blends well with the dark, slightly industrial feel of the restaurant, even adding an aesthetic touch of its own, Lankinen explains. “The 4030s deliver excellent acoustic output and controlled directivity from a pleasingly compact enclosure, and of course they match all of the client’s requirements in terms of a minimised carbon footprint thanks to sustainable production practices and an extended product lifecycle,” he concludes.

Rounded sound
Lily Lee’s Minka Björck has the last word: “We have had Genelec loudspeakers in almost all of our restaurants and there is no other brand we would go with. The full, rounded sound is key for us and it is totally unique. No other brand sounds quite like it. We like to play music quite loud in our venues, so sound quality is super important. Finally, we love the sleek look; they work really well with our décor.”