Katara Studios Doha, Qatar
Grupo MCI participated with Walters Storyk Design Group (WSDG) to light up the Katara Studios in Doha, Qatar. WSDG's objective is to engineer architectural and technical solutions that ensure excellent acoustical and media technology performance.
Katara Studios is one of the Middle East's largest and most technically advanced recording/audio production complexes, designed by the Walters Storyk Design Group in collaboration with Elie Wakim, head of the acoustical division of Doha-based Imar Trading & Contracting. The 65, 000 ft2/6040 m2 complex, represents a major facet the Katara Committee's mandate to establish Doha as one of the most vibrant media centers on The Persian Gulf.
Grupo MCI together with WSDG designed with LedFloodStrip® RGB a weaving and organic custom made "Magic Ceiling Cubes" that help to provide mood lighting and also serve as membranic, low frequency absorbers. The Magic Ceiling Cubes are placed on the 9 meter celling and light up the 278 m2 Studio 1 Live (orchestral) room, capable of hosting around 80 musicians.
LedFloodStrip® I and II is a linear lighting range for indoor and outdoor (IP66) applications designed to provide decorative lighting effects which are mainly characterized by its small size, low power consumption and easy installation. The fixture is available in monochromatic and RGB version.
The linear lightings fixture is made of an anodized aluminum body with a transparent polycarbonate diffuser. The union between luminaries is through male-female connection.
LedFloodstrip® II, the latest evolution of LedFloodstrip®I, provide new details such as ESCHA (IP66) connectors and the new aluminum profile which offers the possibility to rotate the luminaries up to 180°.
Aesthetics were a critical concern of the creative program. Katara Studios management was committed to incorporating authentic Arabic design elements throughout the complex. WSDG Co-Principal/Interior Designer, Beth Walters, and Partner/Art Director, Silvia Molho performed extensive research on Islamic and Muslim architecture. Studying the traditional, vibrantly colored Arabic palette, they developed methods to incorporate components of intricately patterned Islamic calligraphy and mosaics.