Shibuya’s Landmark CÉ LA VI TOKYO Opens with Martin Audio

Offering stunning views over Tokyo, CÉ LA VI is a new luxury dining, bar and club lounge complex spread across the 17th and 18th rooftop floors of the revamped Tokyu Plaza Shibuya Fukuras shopping mall.

The CÉ LA VI marque is already well known as the top floor bar of Singapore’s five-star hotel, Marina Bay Sands, and CÉ LA VI Tokyo has now opened as the first concept-imported restaurant in Japan for such a global brand.

Patrons can take advantage of a café bar, high standard dining, drinking and DJ performances in a luxurious space, or they simply come for the spectacular night view in the heart of Tokyo culture.

A number of Martin Audio’s specialist ranges were specified by Shintaro Dobashi, director of the company Enter Sandman, who was in charge of the audio design. He explained: “The customer’s request was to connect all three sections of the venue; to create a restaurant that could be used commercially or privately—to make it ideal for a cool Tokyo clientele, and a place that lived up to the reputation of the CÉ LA VI brand.

“From the outset, we aimed at something with high design, excellent stability and operability while maintaining optimum quality. As this is a restaurant, not all staff are familiar with audio equipment, and so we embarked on the project with the aim of building an audio set up that is easy and reliable to use by anyone.”

THE PLACE takes up two floors of Shibuya Fukuras, and is divided into three luxury areas. On the 17th floor, there is a lounge / night club, CÉ LA VI CLUB LOUNGE, and a casual dining café bar ‘BAO by CÉ LA VI’. Finally, the fine dining ‘CÉ LA VI RESTAURANT & SKY BAR’ is situated on the 18th floor.

The entire CLUB LOUNGE floor is dominated by various Martin Audio loudspeakers. They consist of THV and SXH218 for the main system, with CDD15 and SXF115 for side fills, LE100 for DJ monitoring and CDD12 for the VIP room.

“CLUB LOUNGE is fully glazed and customers can overlook the night sky of Shibuya,” explained Shintaro. “However, we took care of reflections back from the glass when constructing the system. First, we simulated the sound with EASE/EASE Focus, to ensure the bounce back from the glass was minimised, then placed various Martin Audio loudspeakers accordingly. Carrying out repeated simulations at the design stage, we were able to achieve good process control with less slapback. ”

The 17th-floor casual dining area, BAO, offers seated dining with additional terrace seating, creating a club-like atmosphere. “Because we sometimes hold events in conjunction with CLUB LOUNGE on the same floor, we combined Martin Audio C4.8T and C6.8T ceiling speakers, depending on the height. On the terrace seats, we put CDD12 as a main system, with CDD8 on the sides. An SX118 extends the low frequency, while CDD6 is used in areas where the main system cannot reach. Overall, Martin Audio sound remains unified throughout, including within the club area.”

The fine-dining SKY BAR on the 18th floor has also been designed with plenty of Martin Audio C4.8T and C6.8T ceiling speakers evenly distributed, to avoid any hot-spotting or ‘dead’ areas.

In summary, Shintaro said: “I am delighted by the many favourable customer comments about the sound, and also the staff saying how easy it is to use. We had fun to making this project because CÉ LA VI recognise the value of good sound and let us have our heads. I always hope to meet the expectations of customers who respect good sound. This time, we made EASE visualisations so we could view the data before introduction—and I am proud of what we have achieved here.”

“In fact there is no other location where you can overlook such a view as Shibuya’s. CÉ LA VI is a restaurant that values ​sound as much as cuisine.”