Historic city centre hotel in Denmark blends new AV kit with classic interior

Historic city centre hotel in Denmark blends new AV kit with classic interior
The historic Jørgensen’s Hotel has undergone a renovation and technology upgrade, resulting in an stylish and user-friendly AV installation that blends in with the classic interior.

Jørgensen's Hotel in the centre of Horsens, Denmark has a history dating back to 1744. The baroque mansion, formerly known as Lichtenberg’s Palace, features stucco ceilings decorated in gold leaf and Prussian blue. The hotel restaurant, Eydes, is located in a vaulted cellar that is even older than the building itself.

A large-scale renovation presented an opportunity to upgrade the Jørgensen’s Hotel’s AV setup to better equipping it for hosting both conferences and family events - without compromising either the hotel's interior or the need for user-friendly operations.

Jørgensen's Hotel consists of 59 rooms, a reception lobby, lounge, bar, wine bar, meeting room/library, Restaurant Eydes located in the cellar, walking street, courtyard, a foyer, and three banquet rooms. The largest banquet room can host up to 300 people and is used for conferences, meetings, and parties. Its centuries-old history, the numerous facilities, and the sheer size of the hotel meant that certain requirements must be met in terms of interior decoration and arrangement, staff, and the technology. 

Mikkel Dam, key account manager at AV Center, a Danish reseller, explains, "Initially, the job was to renovate Jørgensen's Hotel. Then, we were invited to discuss various solutions and how to control the necessary functions. The equipment at Jørgensen's Hotel has to be operated by all types of users, including those who don't necessarily have the relevant AV competencies.

Together, the hotel, AV Center, and equipment vendor Biamp created a solution that met the aesthetical needs a near-invisible installation that is completely user-friendly.

The final solution consists of two parts: The first is made up of two Apprimo 7-in Touch panels run by an Impera Tango controller, while the second involves three Apprimo 7-in Touch panels and a Biamp SR-4 switching relay. Also, Biamp Control Pads were installed in the big hall to connect microphones and provide the necessary coverage. Furthermore, all the rooms have HDMI connections, and users can connect wirelessly using a Barco ClickShare.

Apprimo Touch 7-in Touch Panels and Impera Tango are ideal for mid-sized to larger meeting rooms. The controller is the brain behind the touch interface, providing the user with an intuitive and easy operating system to control the connected and relevant AV equipment.

This solution controls the background music in the reception lobby, lounge, library, courtyard, walking street, and restaurant. All the music can be controlled from the reception. In the restaurant, the staff controls the music in Eydes and the walking street.

The touch panels in the bar and reception have individually functioning interfaces on the same controller. This provides relevant functions to the people that use them—no more and no less. So, for example, the restaurant staff does not need to control the music in the library, whereas it is relevant for the receptionists to have complete control over all areas.

The control system is placed on a rack in the basement near the kitchen with the relevant amplifiers and mixers. The second solution consists of another Impera Tango connected to three 7-in Touch panels placed in each of the three banquet rooms. Finally, right above the ceiling, a Biamp SR-4 switching relay is mounted. It is used for controlling several lifts and canvas screens, and this is where aesthetics and interior design come into play.

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