Space la nouba featured in Mondo dr Magazine.
The Article as written : Space La Nouba July / August 2008 San Fernando
Located in Gulf View among some of the most expensive real estate in Trinidad, Space La Nouba is one of the newest additions to the island's club-scene.
Space is a purpose built venue (one of the few on the island) – a fact that is strikingly clear from the moment visitors pull in to the car park. At the heart of a packed lot sits a circular metallic-grey structure, topped with glass ‘flying-saucer’ and an impressive array of antennae. Its exterior is a heavy hint to what waits inside – a space-age homage to sci-fi.
When mondo*dr meets up with owner Selwyn ‘Bunny’ Persad we enquire (perhaps a little unnecessarily) about the inspiration behind the club.
“Space. The final frontier,” he replies before - as if to underline the point - the conversation is interrupted by his cell-phone chiming out the theme to Star Trek. Call politely diverted, Bunny goes on to explain how his latest venture came into being. Having run a successful lounge club in nearby Gulf View Mall for many years, he wanted to create a high concept venue this top quality service, one which would bear comparison with those found in any major city worldwide. To do this, he sourced an international team of designers and installers, including interior designer Brian MacFarlane.
Clearly inspired by the Gene Rodenberry school of sci-fi, MacFarlane has successfully created a distinctive futuristic look which fulfils Bunny’s high-concept brief without alienating the style-conscious high-rollers. While clubs with the same name exist the world over, few have pushed the ‘space’ theme to such a well-crafted extreme.
The club comprises one circular main room with a bar area on one side and a stage for live acts on the other. An upstairs balcony runs around the perimeter of this room providing an ideal vantage point for VIPs to view the packed dancefloor below. Many of the high rollers prefer to stay downstairs in amongst the action and a raised passageway behind the main bar has been adopted as a second unofficial VIP zone.
For a handpicked few, the upstairs balcony also includes a special private room with retractable wall that allows guests to either enjoy the action in the main club or isolate themselves in a cocoon of white furnishings, washed in the gently changing glow of concealed LED lighting.
Bunny knew that looks are only one element in creating a successful club. After thorough research, he called in Aaron Rudden of AMR to help specify and install a high quality lighting and sound system.
Bunny’s brief was simple: the set-up had to have minimal visual impact but deliver very high performance with regard to SPL capability, and of course be able to survive the abuse of high energy Caribbean music and the enthusiastic island DJs playing it.
After reviewing a number of brands, JBL was chosen as it provided the SPL required from a small - and therefore visually unobtrusive - cabinet.
“The client wanted an ‘old school’ sound and did not want the fashionable line array solution,” says Rudden. “The AM6340 was vocally aggressive and ‘in your face’ but quite small, and the addition of the custom 12” cabinet gave us that punch we needed to suit the taste of the island party goers.”
The subs were the result of a very clear directive from Bunny, who wanted that extra bottom octave, not usually available in most standard PA rigs, so the team broke a few conventions and went for very high excursion 15” drivers. The results were positive.
“There were lengthy discussions regarding the general changes in the technologies available for sound systems,” Rudden continues. “In lighting there are much more creative options available, but in sound there are really just a few design options of very similar products from hundreds of manufacturers and Bunny was very concerned about the ‘psychoacoustic’ value of what ended up in the club. For a club environment neither of us liked line arrays or the vast majority of subwoofers available, not so much by specification, but more by tone and feel.
“We looked at Funktion-One, but the client wanted the speakers to be low visibility. The requirements were massive low end, and an acceptable degree of horn compression/distortion to give a perception of loudness - totally contrary to the concept of a line array, and certainly against the current trend of thought, but over here it makes people dance.”
In the DJ booth, which hangs down from the balcony, a Martin Pro Lightjockey controls a spiderlike truss packed with Coemar iSpot lighting.
“The ceiling height advantage was unusual and the symmetry of Space, being a circular building, afforded some very cool lighting cues and certainly give an out of this world type experience,” says Rudden. “Once the place is hazed, some of the lighting cues really give the impression that there is a spaceship landing up there!”
See the article at Mondo Dr here : Mondo Space