Funktion-One has extended its global reach to Guatemala with an audio installation at One Club, Central America’s first ever superclub.
The project was handled by Blue Box, the company responsible for introducing the loudspeaker manufacturer to Ibiza over a decade ago.
The new 1,200-capacity venue in Guatemala City combines the appeal of an exclusive lounge with a high-energy nightclub. Along with some of the latest Funktion-One speakers, the club features a video mapping system, which brings colour and movement to its architecture.
“Funktion-One contacted me to say they had an interesting project in Guatemala," commented Blue Box’s Mark Metcalf. "I have a long standing client in Ecuador and tend to help Funktion-One with new territories, so it was a natural fit.”
Blue Box configured the sound system in two stacks. Both feature two F221 double 21-inch bass enclosures on the bottom, two F215 Mk2 bass enclosures in the middle and a pair of Resolution 3 SH EVOs on top.
While the F221 and F215 are both established members of Funktion-One’s bass range, the Resolution 3 SH EVO is a new addition to the Resolution series, and the next generation of mid-high products derived from the Resolution 3. Compared to previous models, it has an enhanced vocal presence thanks to the new driver and waveguide combination.
Club One’s Director, Enrique Ponce, explained: "We wanted to go the extra mile when creating this space, paying special detail to how it looks and feels, and even more importantly to how it sounds. The Funktion-One installation gives out an organic sound, which we feel is true to what the club stands for."
While these types of projects can often be the most interesting, they can also throw up a few challenges, as Metcalf explained: “The short lead time and getting the equipment to the venue was a bit of a challenge. They had an opening date fixed and had booked Kaskade to perform, so once the spec was nailed down, Funktion-One pulled out all the stops to get the system built."
As well as Kaskade on the opening night, in its first month Club One hosted Eva Shaw and Alex Metric, but the venue also supports local talent with Project 1 – a bi-monthly residency that brings premier electronic dance music to the heart of Guatemala City, while promoting local performance and production talent.
Club One’s events manager, Mario Camilleri, who has been a promoter at Privilege in Ibiza and for clubs in the Netherlands, concluded: “Since opening, it’s been a very exciting period of time for us – we’ve already had so many brilliant events. While all that’s been going on, we’ve also been planning 2015’s programme, so it’s been quite hectic. No matter how busy or stressed we are, we always have a smile on our faces when we open the doors and switch on the Funktion-One sound system.”
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