Kupé is a trendy lounge in Aarhus, Denmark, that is the hot spot for local Danes attending concerts in the attached performance venue, Train. The 350-capacity lounge maintains a sociable, comfortable atmosphere because, as Kupé itself states, “Not everyone can dance all night long.” Henrik Bønnelycke was responsible for the architectural and lighting design, which permeates the club’s bar, chairs, and tables.
At first glance, it becomes obvious that lighting is what makes the venue unique with large ceiling- and wall-mounted projection canopies awash in ample amounts of rich color: greens, oranges, blues, reds, and pinks. All that color comes courtesy of Martin Professional color changers. Conventional tubes and halogen downlights provide additional lighting. Behind six wall-mounted projection screens surrounding a central bar area are Martin Cyclo 04 fluorescent color changers flooding the space with ever changing shades while decorative images and flickering flames are overlaid by Martin Mania DC2 fire effects. More Cyclos backlight seven large recessed circles or sky domes in the ceiling (four in each dome), giving the appearance of light emanating from above, when, in actuality, the bar sits on the ground floor of a multi-floor hotel. The effect is both uplifting and spacious. Ceiling-mounted Alien 02 color changing spots project straight down through a tunnel of light-guiding mesh that also acts as a projection surface. The effect is of large, color changing ceiling to floor lamps, almost like a giant lava lamp.
Lighting control is via a PC-based LightJockey system with all scenes and sequences triggered via a touchscreen so employees can easily decide what mood they want in the lounge. All conventional and halogen lighting is also controlled via LightJockey through 516 II DMX to 0-10 converters. Henrik Kristensen of Martin Scandinavia completed all lighting programming for Kupé.