Brasserie Astoria gets clear audio with Genelec loudspeakers

Brasserie Astoria gets clear audio with Genelec loudspeakers
Genelec 4000 series loudspeakers have helped transform a Stockholm cinema into a fine-dining restaurant.

Brasserie Astoria is part of the Frantzén Group, an internationally renowned organisation possessing six Michelin stars between its establishments, spread across Stockholm, Bangkok, Singapore and London. A former cinema, Brasserie Astoria required a comprehensive sound system with coverage across the site to ensure clarity and intelligibility throughout.

Systems integrator High Definition and sub-contractor Sound Support worked with the Genelec team to equip the 1,200 sq m establishment with an audio system. Erik Skanderbeck, AV sales manager for Genelec in Sweden, said: “The goal was to cultivate a premium feel throughout the entire restaurant, since this is probably one of the most high-end establishments you can visit in Sweden. The coverage is incredible – even the toilets have Genelec loudspeakers.

 “The team at Astoria spend a lot of time curating playlists for the restaurant, hence the impetus to invest in a world-class playback system. The Frantzén group have had a positive experience with Genelec loudspeakers before, having installed them in their hallmark restaurant, Frantzén, which holds three Michelin stars, and is also located in Stockholm.”

Two Genelec 4030s are diametrically positioned in the eaves of the foyer. The rest of the dining area has 4030s positioned in every corner and hidden amongst piping in the ceiling. Astoria was able to select a copper brown colourway to match the aesthetic of the interior. For additional low frequency extension and control, three 7040 subwoofers are also deployed in the dining area.

High Definition’s Micke Fröbom said: “The attention to detail is simply next level. Just look at the room leading to the wine bar, covered in lacquered gold leaf. To uphold this aesthetic, we had to implement custom Genelec loudspeakers with a gold leaf finish.”

The lower floor is accessible via an ornate spiral staircase, which descends into an underground space filled with more greenery. There is a higher concentration of loudspeakers in this area, as it tends to have a more energetic ambience. Coverage is provided by ten of the larger 4040 models, complemented with a pair of 7050 subwoofers. Conjoined to this is a more intimate section, called Lilla a, where private functions can be hosted. High Definition have equipped a DJ booth on the lower floor, complete with two Genelec 8030 studio loudspeakers.

Fröbom comments on some of the more challenging aspects of the integration: “The materials used in the construction of the walls; a mixture of metal brick and steel composite, meant that it was difficult to physically fasten the loudspeakers to the wall. Additionally, the fact that the restaurant is situated directly under eighteen high-class period apartments posed the issue of potential sound leakage.”


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