The Dining Room
- neither completely internal nor external, the Dining Room traces the exterior wall of the original Hotel; its windows puncturing the space to offer glimpses into the working kitchen. An Ampelite skin over-clads existing rafters, while netting clasps acoustic batts to the ceiling and forms a trellis in wait of an ivy green lining. A trowelled concrete floor is striated with Ironbark strips running inside to out, visually binding the space to the courtyard as the south wall slides away.
The Courtyard - the decked courtyard is enclosed by tall, recycled brick walls from which a repurposed army tent has been stretched out taut to shade perimeter banquette seating clad with old stair timbers. Exterior partition walls of mismatched concrete blocks laid on their side in a hit and miss pattern, provide separation, connection, texture and shadow play. Compact fluorescent lamps in amber glass bottles hang from catenary wires across the courtyard, abstracting Chinese lantern strings.
The National Hotel is now the new republic for the people of Richmond. A place for people to come together in their own community – where the architecture, like the staff, is proud to serve.
The client requested that Pink Noise Audio deliver an even sound coverage across the whole venue with individual control for all five areas if required.
To achieve this Pink Noise Audio suggested an Allen & Heath IDR -8 Digital Matrix Mixer chosn for it's flexibility, capability for expansion, external control and ease of programming.
"We also needed something that at the touch of a button could keep all the house music routed to the appropriate areas whilst isolating say the beer garden, cafe, dining room or bar separately for either a function with a separate microphone and the ability to play music in that same zone, either DJ or Ipod etc," explained Stuart "morro" Morriss,
Pink Noise Audio. "For speakers we decided to go for the QSC AD S52 which are a great sounding grunty little weatherproof speaker - essential for the outside beer garden."
A total of twenty QSC AD S52 speakers were installed: four in the cafe,
four in the dining, four in the den /booth area, two in the main bar
and six in the beer garden.
"As for Drive we needed to save a little cost so two existing domestic amps were used to start with for the bar and the booths/den and these will be upgraded at a later date," added Stuart.
Two QSC GX 3 amplifiers were installed, one for the vafe and one for the dining room, whilst a
QSC RMX 1450 was installed for the beer graden.
With input devices, the venue mainly plays an iPod from the bar but they do have the ability to play from an upstairs music computer remotely.
To come will be the facility to add three screens and STB audio for occasions such as the AFL Grand Final and Melbourne Cup, this has to be installed as a user needs basis so temp/ permanent fixing is required.
Video will be done by an HDMi splitter into UTP – HDMI baluns whilst audio will be analog from the STB.
"Whilst installing and setting up Giles from TAG has been excellent as a sounding board for what I could achieve with their product," commented Stuart. "He has visited with me a few times to help tweak the programming which we both think now is pretty close."