The latest addition to the Gothenburg skyline is ‘Kineum’, a 28-storey beacon of glass and steel that can be seen from miles around.
The building houses Jacy’z hotel and resort – the latest venture from Swedish hospitality entrepreneur, ESS Group – which offers a Nordic take on an upscale Las Vegas resort.
Guests can choose from three restaurants and a pool club and spa on the top two floors, plus award-winning conference facilities, a hotel-within-a-hotel on floors 17 and 18, a gym and a secret speakeasy bar.
Swedish AV integration firm, Informationsteknik AB was contracted to design and supply all of the AV and conferencing systems throughout the building, which included over 130 Genelec 4000 Series and Smart IP loudspeakers.
“ESS Group has a lot of accumulated knowledge about sound and design and a fantastic sense of the details that create exciting hotel environments for guests,” explained Informationsteknik key account manager, Karl Arnell.
“Our goal was to fulfil their vision in everything from product selection to technical solutions and control systems – creating the best possible solution for both the guests and the customer.”
Informationsteknik invited ESS to a series of listening tests so they could see and hear Genelec technology for themselves, specifically the 4000 Series and Smart IP installation ranges.
Following the demonstrations, it was decided that Genelec systems would be used for all the public areas, restaurants, bars, lounges, conference rooms and break-out areas, the 18th floor hotel suite and the gym.
“Music plays an important part of the ESS Group hotel experience, and at Jacy’z the intention was to elevate the experience even further,” explained Informationsteknik’s Joakim Leissner, who was responsible for system design. “The demos convinced the client beyond any doubt that Genelec was the right brand to help achieve this goal.”
“We want to develop all the time,” added ESS Group’s Christoffer Laudon – who was responsible for sound and video for the Jacy’z project.
“Jacy'z AV solution took inspiration from our other hotels – Ellery Beach House and Steam – where we have top level technology and conference rooms. With Jacy'z, we wanted to challenge ourselves and set the level of ambition for sound and image even higher.”
“We looked at all the building's zones and drawings to see what solutions were possible,” continued Leissner.
“We proposed products, zone by zone, and developed room types that were equipped with the same technical solution. Genelec fits the bill for most of the public areas – such as restaurants, bars and lounges – thanks to their extraordinarily clean, transparent reproduction, both at high and low levels, their aesthetic form factor and their small footprint relative to power output.