Wrocław, Poland – Over a hundred Philips Entertainment Lighting products have been installed into the National Forum of Music (NFM), a brand-new, state-of-the-art concert venue in the heart of Wrocław.
Dubbed the most advanced facility on Europe’s cultural map, the NFM was conceived as a new home for the majority of Wrocław’s initiatives, productions and artistic projects. Located in the city’s Liberation Square, it is also the headquarters for numerous assemblies including the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.
Philips distributor PS TEATR was responsible for the delivery and installation of the Philips lighting package, which included multi-featured luminaires from Vari-Lite, Selecon and product line Showline, with PS TEATR’s Marek Gumiński in charge of the project.
“The Philips luminaires were chosen for the NFM as they are known worldwide for their reliability,” says Gumiński. “It was also important that the lighting fixtures worked as quietly as possible and the Vari-Lite luminaires met this demand perfectly.”
Fifty tried and trusted Philips Vari-Lite VL1100 luminaires were installed as workhorses in the 1,800-capacity Concert Hall’s rig, alongside 54 Philips Selecon RAMA 150 Fresnel units.
In addition, PS TEATR worked alongside the Wrocław Philharmonic to specify a wide range of loose equipment to be used as part of temporary installs for the orchestra and choir’s various events and productions. This included 24 Philips Selecon PLcyc2 RGBW luminaires, 20 Selecon PLprofile3 luminaires, 30 further Vari-Lite units and six of the incredibly popular Showline SL NITRO 510 LED strobes.
“We recommended the extra Philips fixtures as a means to increase the capability of the rig should the Philharmonic need it,” continues Gumiński. “Their unique features and multi-functionality makes them ideal for a whole range of applications.
“We chose a wide range of Philips LED luminaires in particular on account of their energy efficiency and reliability. Color matching was also very important, as in such a huge space it’s crucial to have fixtures that generate the exact same color. With the NFM being such a prestigious facility there is no place for mistakes.”
Commissioned by Andrzej Kosendiak, the Managing Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic and the Wratislavia Cantans International Festival, the NFM’s design was developed by Pracownia Architektury Kuryłowicz and its associates. The building will open on 4th September 2015, just in time for Wrocław to take its place as European Capital of Culture 2016.