JNcQUOI Luxury Retail, Dining & Club

A flagship installation in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon has recently selected Xilica to provide digital signal processing and command solutions for its new integrated audio, lighting and climate system.

JnCQUOI, the latest project by Amorim, a Portguese conglomerate handling the retail and distribution of Gucci and Lauduree, is billed as a luxury lifestyle destination encompassing restaurants, bars, nightclubs, retail and a private member’s facility. Following its previous work on other Amorim ventures, award-winning Carnaxide, Portgual-based distributor Garrett Audiovisuais was chosen to deliver the integrated AV system.

JNcQUOI is an expansive project by any means: in the main bulk of the building lies JNcQUOI itself, encompassing a men’s luxury fashion store, a flagship fine-dining restaurant, and the all-day DeliBar complete with subterranean wine cellar. Neighboring this lies JNcQUOI Asia, not only a pan-Asian concept restaurant with tandoor, woks, and specialty Peking duck, but also a dedicated sushi bar, expansive outdoor terrace that recreates the crowded streets of Bangkok, Tokyo and Hong Kong, and the Red Bar, a Portuguese-inspired drinking space that offers evening entertainment into the early hours. Add to these venues the JNcQUOI Club, a private member’s club for “extraordinary people”, and it was clear Garrett had to provide a system of the most versatile proportions.

“The client needed an integrated system that allowed employees to focus on what they do best: taking incredible care of their guests,” commented Raúl Fernandes, Commercial Director at Garrett. “To make this a reality, we delivered a Xilica backbone with all audio, lighting and climate integrated and controlled through remote touchscreens. With easy presets across the products, we could ensure that only the adjustments that employees needed were available to them, and that presets perfectly reflected the use cases of the spaces. Simplified control over complex elements reduces support calls and training time, whilst actually enabling staff to deliver better experiences.”

In the primary spaces at JNcQUOI, Garrett opted for a selection of Xilica Solaro Series open-architecture DSPs linked by fibre-optic backbone and outfitted with room-specific Solaro Series I/O Cards. Rooms with limited audio requirements, such as DJ input and amplifier outputs often utilized the ultra-small-format benefits of Solaro QR1, a DSP frame with eight user-configured I/O card slots. Meanwhile, larger venues within the complex were provided with the power of a Solaro FR1, the manufacturer’s full-size modular DSP frame with 16 card slots, and up to 32 I/O per 1U chassis.

Feeding the system at JNcQUOI is a mix of Beyerdynamic microphones, for live vocals at the private member’s club, DeliBar and Red Bar, with Pioneer Professional DJ equipment for resident disk-jockeys. With leading artists from across the Mediterranean and western Europe, the reproductive quality of the system was absolutely key. Xilica’s advanced 96kHz sampling, studio-quality microphone preamplifiers, and ultra-low-latency algorithms was backed up by an enviable loudspeaker mix of Genelec 4040 and 4030 products (with custom color matches), Genelec AIC25 speakers for BGM areas, and RCF TT+ Series high-definition cabinet loudspeakers for the JNcQUOI Club area. Supporting the visual element of the performance, Garrett delivered intelligent lighting from GLP, including FR1 and S350 luminaires controlled over Vista Chroma-Q lighting software.

“Xilica’s exceptional commitment to quality really won us over on this project,” noted Fernandes, continuing: “With such a high attention to detail by the client in all areas of the venue, we needed to match this with the AVL systems, and Xilica delivered flawlessly. The modularity of the Solaro Series was also key to reducing overall system costs by not deploying I/O we didn’t need, but also gave our system the future-proofing it needed to be a logical commercial investment for the operator. This system will last for a long time and continue to deliver that exceptional sound for years to come.”