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Renkus-Heinz IC8s conform to ANU’s heritage

Renkus-Heinz IC8s conform to ANU’s heritage

Renkus-Heinz IC8s conform to ANU’s heritage

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The Australian National University (ANU) has carried out at AV upgrade of its historic Mills Room. Located across the river from Capital Hill and the national parliament in Canberra, the university offers seven academic colleges of learning, and additionally hosts high-profile meetings in the Mills Room in the Chancelry Tower. Distinguished by Tasmanian blackwood carpentry, the ornate conferencing and meeting space can host up to 54 people, including high ranking members of the government.

The room’s design and hosting of significant ANU meetings since 1964 has led to the meeting space being granted heritage significance. “Because the space was deemed to be of heritage importance, we were given the directive of no substantive changes to the room,” explained Alder Technology collaborative technology design consultant, Christopher Watson. “The space itself measures roughly 17m x 12m, with a massively vaulted ceiling. It is also made of solid concrete, with a floating wall existing on one side. Simply put, the acoustics in the room were very poor and would present a challenge.”

In addition to architecturally preserving the room with a minimalist design, Watson was required to precisely position audio in the space. The quest led him to Renkus-Heinz. “Renkus-Heinz is a great audio solution for any space because of its quality, but when you have a lot of challenges in an install, the products they make really show their strengths,” added Watson. “With Renkus-Heinz we’re now looking at a room that looks aesthetically balanced and has sound characteristics that are performance-worthy. No need for pendants or ceiling speakers, just perfect sound with two steerable arrays.”

Systems integrator MNGD incorporated two Renkus-Heinz IC8-R-II digitally steerable line array systems on a floating wall at the front of the room. As part of the Iconyx series, the IC8-R-IIs incorporate the US brand’s digitally programmable technology that aims audio precisely on the audience ears and away from the room’s peculiarities. Up to four steerable beams can be individually shaped and aimed from a single IC8-R-II column hosting eight four-inch coaxial transducers. In addition, the compact footprint and incorporation of Dante audio-over-IP ensured that speaker placement did not impact upon the room’s historically important architecture.

“We really like to talk about the audio capabilities of Renkus-Heinz,” stated MNGD project manager Lucas Catanese. “But we also know there are installations where architects want to maintain a certain look and feel. This location, obviously, had a very important reason to do that, but Renkus-Heinz allowed us to integrate a system while balancing the needs of the heritage space.”

Following the installation of the Mills Room, the university has made the Renkus-Heinz IC8 a standard for future audio upgrades, having already installed it in a theatre and an operations centre where ANU previously had challenges with audio.



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