Space Ibiza, the “World’s Best Club” according to Miami Winter Music Conference, features world-class entertainment lighting that includes Martin fixtures. As one of clubbing’s most revered locations and a world reference for the club industry, winning numerous awards including “Best Club” at the Dance Music Awards, no visit to the White Isle would be complete without at least one Space session.
The club does not maintain a main LD. Instead, lighting design is a collaborative effort between managers, the owner, Pepe Roselló, and three technicians–Juan Monerris, Juan Gomez and Oscar Colorado–the last two also resident DJs. “We all work together to keep the spirit of this magical place,” says Pedro Comesaña, production manager at Space. “Everybody is happy with the last decision."
Space features five rooms in total, three of them terraces. On the main terrace, opened last summer, are eight MAC 2000 Washes, 80 PAR56 cans, and a total of 450 LED units (AVR and Mood Light). “We wanted to keep the look of the terrace as an open space, that’s why more than half of the walls are windows, so you can see outside,” comments Comesaña. “A standard rig was not good because we wanted to play with color, to make the internal architecture a part of the lighting, and the MAC 2000 is the best to get changing colors across the room. They are really bright, lovely colors, powerful and quiet.”
The main terrace MACs and PAR cans are controlled by a Pearl 2000 with all LED handled by a Martin PC-based LightJockey. According to Comesaña the club employs two controllers to keep the LEDs (architectural lighting) separate from the dancefloor lights. “Every bar and wall is surrounded with LED washes and managers want to be able to turn on the computer and choose with the mouse which bar, color, and intensity they want,” says Comesaña of the LightJocky controller. “They love it because it’s simple to use and we can create a lot of different effects across the room with a single click.”
“The idea in the main room is to create a big stage full of different effects, making the DJ the main point of the room,” Pedro explains.
The heart of the club features a variety of lighting fixtures, including six MAC 250 Krypton, six MX-10 scanners, four RoboScan Pro 918, eight MAC 600 Wash lights, eight MAC 500 Profile spots, four MAC 550 Profiles, and four Atomic 3000 strobes with color scrollers, 12 Coemar PRO LX, two City Colors, 40 PAR64s and a massive spider net on the ceiling with 300 lamps and 100 small strobes, all controlled via a Pearl 2004.
The club also splashes effects from Martin Mania effect lights. A huge video system includes 3D cubes, 3D spheres, three lasers (one 5W full color) and seven custom made screens. A Funktion One speaker system handles the audio.
Space Ibiza attracts an international crowd during its four month summer season (2006 opening is slated for June 4th). Located just 100m from the beach–with day and night sessions. Because Space of its continuous schedule, maintenance is almost impossible, says Pedro. “We need very reliable units and bright enough that when they get dirty they are still bright. Various press people are here every day and we need to keep the quality standards. We like that Martin has become a large international company but…you are very close to your clients and you care, and getting spares is as easy as going to the next shop.” Space Ibiza’s local dealer is Ecler, Martin’s Spanish representative, with UK-based Halo Lighting also providing support.
Pedro concludes, “Ibiza is the best place for clubbing in the world. We don’t have a VIP area because here we think we are all equal under the effects of lights and music. Every year we build something new so that when we open the doors in June it’s always different. Everybody is waiting to see what’s new at Space!”