A new multipurpose conference and concert space at Leoland, a sports and leisure complex in Lviv, Ukraine, has opened with Robe lighting at its core.
The new space features 270-degree projections lit with Robe products including 8 x VIVA CMYs to cover the stage, together with 26 x LEDWash 600+s and eight ParFect 150s that are positioned around the ceiling – delivered by one of Robe’s Ukrainian distributors, Sound House, based in Dnipro.
The lights were all chosen for their expedient size, flexibility, and power. The height to the ceiling is 5.7m, so physically smaller fixtures were another consideration, and they had to be bright enough to fill the space and dovetail with the projections. Sound House worked closely with video specialist Front Picture, who supplied a bespoke projection control system.
“We try to put ourselves in the client’s shoes when building a spec,” noted Sound House CEO Andrey Garkaviy. “I completely believe in Robe as a group of individuals and as a brand! They are truly innovative and consistent across all their product ranges, and the company understands the need for building robust, high quality multipurpose kit that lasts a long time and does several things very well! So, the relationship comes first and then the technology!”
When the war started in February 2022, the multipurpose venue was put on hold, but after a few months the client decided to reactivate it, and unsurprisingly a degree of value engineering was required.
“We just took this in our stride at this stage and given everything else going on!” commented Andrey. Those left at Sound House – several crew and staff have joined the ZSU (Ukrainian Armed Forces) while others have found work abroad – “were just ecstatic that the project was able to continue; you can imagine!”
The installation work was completed in August and September and the new room hosted its first events at the end of September.
The Sound House team has already installed additional cabling and control infrastructure to expand all the systems – lighting, sound, and multimedia – in the future, which will include some more moving head luminaires.
“This project has been an emotional journey in so many ways, but also one of strength, solidarity, and resilience,” concluded Andrey. “Many people on all levels have had to work together, believe in each other, and give above-and-beyond the normal passion that we all put into our work anyway by default! Apart from that, our client had to have the faith to go ahead at a time like this.”