Category – Arena
Project – WWE Thunderdome
With live sports and entertainment events coming to a halt all over the world due to Covid-19, WWE brought fans back into the live arena – virtually – with WWE ThunderDome. WWE ThunderDome is a first-of-its-kind large-scale interactive live platform which audiences had never seen or experienced before. Fans were not only able to see the action, they were able to experience it, becoming a part of the show and interacting live with WWE’s Superstars – as if they were there in person.
WWE ThunderDome features a state-of-the-art set, video boards, pyrotechnics, lasers, cutting-edge graphics and drone cameras to provide viewers with a reimagined live event spectacle. Featuring Virtual Seat technology – an ultra-low-latency, cloud-based, interactive audio and video streaming platform that brought thousands of fans back into the WWE arena in real time, at the same time – WWE ThunderDome delivered WWE’s live arena experiences to fans during the COVID-19 pandemic from the comfort of their home.
Through Virtual Seat, an immersive real-time, multi-user streaming platform developed by WWE and their technology partner, The Famous Group, thousands of fans were brought back into the arena.
Category – Bar
Project – Watson’s Bar
For over 40 years, Genelec active loudspeakers have been chosen for some of the world’s most prestigious installations through their combination of sonic purity, adaptability, ease of installation and bulletproof durability.
Designed, built and individually calibrated at its factory in Iisalmi, Finland, every Genelec loudspeaker is manufactured to the highest environmental standards, representing reliable, long-lasting investments that will provide decades of flawless performance.
As part of Stockholm’s Hotel Rival, co-owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, Watson’s Bar employs Genelec 4000 series loudspeakers to achieve a blend of sound quality, tonal balance and high reliability – with the ability to deliver a high quality, relaxed music experience during the day, as well as high-energy DJ sessions for the evening crowd.
“We’d like to thank the MONDO-DR Awards judging panel for choosing Watson’s Bar as winner this year,” commented Howard Jones of Genelec. “We’d also like to salute the team at Adolfsson and Partners who designed the space at the bar, the guys at Hages who did the AV integration, and, of course, everyone at Hotel Rival for providing such a great showcase for our loudspeakers.”
Category – Concert Hall
Project – Vienna Volksoper
Founded in 2002, KV2 Audio is a vibrant company with a passion for building high quality pro audio products. Built on the vision of modern audio pioneer, George Krampera, who has been building audio equipment for nearly 50 years, millions of people have experienced sound produced from equipment he has designed. Throughout his long and successful career, George’s vision has remained unchanged; to eliminate distortion and loss of information in the signal path, thus providing sound reproduction that has true dynamic range and real representation of the original source.
The Vienna Volksoper project is a great example of the versatility of KV2 Audio systems – Volksoper Sound Director, Martin Lukesch, spent a long time looking for the right system, but once he’d discovered KV2 there was no going back. He loved the sound quality and the fact that there was a wide choice of sizes and formats, so he was sure to find exactly what he needed. The one thing he was missing was efficient control and monitoring, which was the ideal incentive for KV2 to develop its new Control & Diagnostics tool. Vienna Volksoper was the company’s pilot project and it’s pleased to report that it works like a dream and is now part of its catalogue.
Category – House of Worship
Project – Arctic Cathedral
Alcons Audio is a Dutch company, active in the development and manufacturing of professional sound systems for quality-conscious clients in the cinema, installation and touring industry.
The R&D department of Alcons Audio features a unique combination of extensive know how in transducer, acoustic and system design, as well as DSP and amplifier technology. One of the ‘ear-catching’ developments is Alcons’ multiple-patented pro-ribbon transducer technology for HiFi sound quality at concert SPLs.
All Alcons sound systems are developed and manufactured in-house using traditional craftsmanship combined with the latest technologies, materials and production processes.
“We’re delighted to be awarded as the winner of the 2021 MONDO-DR Awards in the House of Worship category,” said Alcons Audio.
“A big thank you to MONDO-DR and the jury for awarding us the category win, especially since this is our first time entering and being nominated. We also want to thank the installer, Lydproduksjon from Tromsø Norway, and Daniel Lilleeng for the stellar images.
“It’s great to see the The Arctic Cathedral / Ishavskatedralen getting the award. This success is in line with the sustained growth we are experiencing around the globe with our pro-ribbon sound systems in a wider range of applications.”
Category – Multipurpose Venue
Project – Alezzi Yacht
AudioVision provides complete solutions and professional audio equipment, lights and special effects that add value to any type of location or application. It represents in its territory various renowned brands in the industry. For more than 20 years, the vision of the company’s clients has been transformed into reality with the help of its technical solutions and professional equipment. The three pillars of our business are dedication, professionalism and readiness.
“We are thrilled to win first place in the Multipurpose Venue category of MONDO-DR Awards with the project, Alezzi Yacht.
Alezzi Yacht is designed as a way to escape from everyday life. Our objective with this project was to enhance the experience with professional sound and lighting equipment, special effects and LED screens to create the experience of a festival on a yacht,” commented AudioVision. Each deck had its specific acoustic needs, and our technical solution aimed at the optimal adaptation to each space and multi-zone sound management. With the help of professional KV2 Audio loudspeakers, clear and powerful sound is present on every deck. We managed to create a complete seaside festival sensation with the help of intelligent lights from ProLights and special effects from Magic Effects that enhance the fun and create a unique experience. The LED screens installed on board Alezzi Yacht enhance the experience both as design elements and part of entertainment sessions.”
Category – Nightclub
Project – E11EVEN
E11EVEN, Miami, named in the top 10 ‘100 best clubs in the world’ by International Nightlife association, partnered with DAS Audio, the leading sound manufacturer based in Spain, to launch a new sound system under the moniker E11EVEN SOUND by DAS Audio. Evolved to change the way we experience music, this high-quality sound system is clear, powerful and reliable.
Working on a club like E11EVEN Miami is the dream of any sound or lighting engineer. Dennis DeGori, Owner and Creator of E11EVEN, together with his partners, are 100% focussed on delivering an incredible experience and their only constant is to go beyond. They start by isolating each element of the experience, visual and sonic, to maximise the outcome, and then meld everything in to a unique sensorial feast.
The ultimate challenge at E11EVEN was to install and configure the system in a club that is open 24/7 a week, 52 weeks a year. It demanded excellence from all involved, as well as the keys to the success of any project; efficiency, hard work and commitment. What idesign has been able to deliver as the project designers, programmers and integrator has been nothing less than superb.
“Overall, we are incredibly satisfied with the outcome and very proud to be recognised by the industry. This MONDO-DR Award is very important to us as it is the beginning of a new and very exciting path.”
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Category – Parks & Attractions
Project – Bassins de Lumières
Created in 2010, Modulo Pi offers a new generation of media servers developed in contact with creatives, producers and technicians from around the world. Relying on the 20+ years experience of its founder and CEO in media servers, Modulo Pi helps create stunning visual experiences through a two-systems offer, Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic.
Designed to meet the needs of any type of project, no matter the size or technical requirements, Modulo Pi’s innovative and reliable systems have powered hundreds of productions in varied applications, including corporate events, theme parks, museums, and touring.
“We’re thrilled to have won this award with the Bassins de Lumières project,” said Yannick Kohn, founder and CEO of Modulo Pi. “Culturespaces Digital has selected our Modulo Kinetic media server for all their digital art centres for three years now. The Bassins de Lumières is probably the most spectacular achievement to date due to the project’s scale and unusual environment, the venue being a former WWII submarine base. That is a great honor to see our media server technology contribute to such a unique and highly acclaimed immersive art experience. New outstanding projects are around the corner, including Infinity des Lumières opening end of June in Dubai, UAE.”
Category – Performance Venue
Project – Guildhall School of Music and Drama
NewTek, part of the Vizrt Group, is the leader in IP video technology that gives every storyteller a voice through video. NewTek sells exclusively through hundreds of resellers around the world to bring its innovative solutions to market. NewTek products are natively IP-centric via NDI and empower customers to grow their audiences, brands, and businesses faster than ever before. Clients include; The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, New York Giants, NBA Development League, NHL, Nickelodeon, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports, MTV, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Pinsent Masons LLP, and more than 80% of the U.S. Fortune 100.
“We are extremely proud to not only have been nominated for such a prestigious award, but then to finally win in this category is very exciting for all at NewTek. This year’s MONDO-DR Awards were littered with great projects and with vendors of the highest calibre. For NewTek to come out on top is something we do not take for granted and we are very grateful to have been recognised in this way. We look forward to using this as a springboard to engage and deliver NewTek solutions with more customers in the future.”
Category – Restaurant
Project – Soul of Mexico
At Digital Projection, we’re committed to going the extra mile for imaging pioneers prepared to push the boundaries of visual experience. We relish helping you – the creative directors, system integrators and dreamers behind the world’s most exciting visual experiences – challenge the status quo. We also take great satisfaction in seeing your projects through to completion. That means we’ll be there from beginning to end, offering friendly advice to help you select the right projectors, as well as responsive technical support should you need it further down the line.
“Digital Projection are delighted to be featured in an award-winning installation. It is the creativity of our partners, in this case, Pulse Middle East, who bring venues like this to life with its projectors and all the credit lies with them.
“The MONDO-DR Awards showcase some of the best installations from across the globe, so it is fantastic to be recognised amongst the best in class for the year.”
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Category – Retail & Leisure
Project – 1Rebel
CHAUVET Professional is the thoughtful, forward-looking choice for lighting designers, offering a carefully focussed selection of products that open new design possibilities and make it easier to complete quality lighting projects for the production and touring market, as well as permanent installations. Our products can be found in a wide variation of applications, such as concerts, stage and event productions, touring, theatres, hospitality venues, cruise ships, clubs, houses of worship, television and architainment.
“We’re extremely proud to have been a part of this breathtaking project. We want to thank the team at Middlesex Sound & Lighting, whose creativity and design were instrumental in making it come to fruition. They were asked to do a difficult job, but did it spectacularly well. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Middlesex Sound & Lighting were unable to travel to the venue, designed everything from the UK, and worked with local teams on site for the installation of a technically-challenging project. Their problem-solving skills and product knowledge are what made the project a success, and the end result redefines the fitness experience.”
Category – Stadium
Project – SoFi Stadium
SoFi Stadium, the new home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, is located at Hollywood Park, a near 300-acre sports and entertainment destination being developed by Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke in Inglewood, California. The 3.1 million sq ft SoFi Stadium is the largest stadium in the NFL, as well as the first indoor-outdoor stadium.
It seats approximately 70,000, expandable up to 100,000, with more than 260 luxury suites and more than 13,000 premium seats. SoFi Stadium has already secured Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the College Football National Championship Game in 2023, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028. Adjacent to the stadium and sitting under the same roof canopy is the 2.5-acre American Airlines Plaza and the 6,000-seat YouTube Theater.
“We are honoured to be recognised by an internationally renowned publication such as MONDO-DR, and even more so to receive its 2021 Stadium Award. As the centerpiece of Hollywood Park, a near 300-acre global sports and entertainment destination being developed by Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman, E. Stanley Kroenke, SoFi Stadium was designed with a focus on an extraordinary fan experience. We look forward to hosting a global audience when we welcome Super Bowl LVI in 2022, College Football National Championship Game in 2023, WrestleMania 39 in 2023, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028.”
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Category – Theatre
Project – Sunac Guangzhou Grand Theatre
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander (APF) is a globally recognised theatre design and audio-video consulting firm with an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects. The firm’s holistic approach to design provides leadership and guidance to a wide range of projects including performing arts centres, educational facilities, opera houses, professional repertory theatres, concert halls, museums and planetariums, as well as popular entertainment venues in theme parks, casinos, cruise ships and nightclubs.
“We are honoured to be recognised by MONDO-DR Magazine with the 2021 Award for Theatre for our work on the Sunac Guangzhou Grand Theatre,” said Rob Hill, Principal at APF.
“We appreciate unique opportunities to work on extraordinary projects with forward-thinking clients and design teams. Working with Steven Chilton Architects, STO Design Group and the Beijing Institute for Architectural Design, led by Sunac Real Estate Group, was exceptional. The many unique technical demands for the theatre required close collaboration among the entire design team. The MONDO-DR Award acknowledges the success of that effort and its impact on the quality and remarkable flexibility of the venue. The Auerbach Pollock Friedlander team worked rigorously in partnership with user group and vendors to assure the design excellence of the room and its systems.”
This article first appeared in issue 31.5 of MONDO-DR, which you can read below –