Si adds S appeal
Si adds S appeal
Hanoi is changing. Some overseas visitors who have previously visited the Vietnamese capital city are pleasantly surprised to learn that they no longer require a visa. Upon landing at the newly built Nội Bài International Airport to the north of the city, they are whisked along a new motorway and bridge spanning the Red River. In order to cater for the growing tourist numbers, Hanoi's municipal administration has gone one stage further by granting restaurants and bars within the Hoàn Kiếm District licences to open until 2am.
Educated at Hamburg University, Hanoi entrepreneur Mr Trung seized on the opportunity by investing in his most expensive and eye-catching entertainment venue to date. Located on the fashionable Hàng Bài, Si Cuisine and Mixology has made its mark. Inspired by Bill Bensley of Bangkok, the venue combines statues, a mouth watering menu, rich furnishings and a number of interactive displays including projection mapping screened onto artwork, rotating mirrors and bottle shelves behind the bar, together with opening and closing lighting fixtures that resemble Venus fly traps.
Audio reinforcement plays an important role in creating the ambience. ‘The atmosphere is set from the moment we serve coffees in the morning until last order cocktails are served,’ insisted Mr Trung. As an organiser of EDM festivals, he also commands a deep respect for German engineering following his studies and employment in Germany. ‘I wanted to install a d&b audiotechnik loudspeaker system into Si – one that would provide added character and further differentiate us form other venues in the district.’
Powered by three 10D amplifiers, a wall-mounted distributed system of eight S12 speakers is supplemented by four floor-standing B6 omni-directional 18-inch subwoofers. Equally spaced across the length of Si, the point source 12-inch cabinets are equipped with a rotatable 75° x 50° horn and are capable of providing a maximum SPL of 133dB SPL should the DJ take the music to dizzy heights after midnight. ‘We considered some other brands, but opted for d&b as it really does provide clean, intelligible audio really in high definition,’ furthered Mr Trung.
Rather than hide these from the view of Si’s Instagram loving, chic guests, Mr Trung opted to highlight the cabinets by having them custom finished in the company’s signature colour that combines red, orange and pink. The unique RAL design certainly blends in with the décor. Systems integrator Stage Professional spent a week on site cabling the loudspeaker system that includes a single M2 dual 12-inch monitor for the DJ and a pair of smaller 5S speakers in the VIP room. A DiGiCo S21 console has been added to the inventory allowing Si to transform into a performance space for one evening each month, showcasing musical acts.