Robe T1 Profiles enjoy the silence at Bijloke Music Centre’s Concert Hall
The striking and unique Concert Hall venue, which is part of the Music Centre de Bijloke in Ghent, Belgium, was once a 13th century civic hospital and now oﬀers a vibrant and interesting blend of music often embracing additional performance and visual art forms like theatre and film.
During the pandemic, The Concert Hall which retains its original wooden curved frame roof and exterior walls, was completely renovated. New lighting was installed as part of this upgrade, including 13 x Robe T1 Profiles, which were specified by the Music Centre’s technical manager, Natan Rosseel and his team.
Bijloke Music Centre managed the lighting elements of the Concert Hall technical upgrade themselves and went direct to Controllux to deliver the Robe fixtures once they were selected. Robe has a long history with Bijloke and 22 x LEDWash 600s and 6 x E‐Spot 600 were already in place in the Concert Hall, chosen for their light weight and unobtrusiveness.
When considering a new LED profile fixture to join these, the most important feature for the management and technical teams – including regular lighting designer Pieter Kinoli – was finding a product that was as silent as possible. Especially having worked so hard on improving the venue’s overall acoustics! When it came to the Robe product demo, the T1 Profile was powered up and everyone was happy even before it was turned on! “While it was logical to look at Robe with the brand already in‐house, we did also explore other options for comparison,” noted Natan, “but there simply wasn’t another equivalent fixture that came close to the quietness of the T1 Profile!” He further commented that it wasn’t simply the cooling system that needed to be silent, but all the mechanical functions as well.
"Acoustic and classical concerts require absolute silence, and even if we might not all hear the tiniest touch of ambient noise, the musicians certainly do!" Both the sound and lighting consoles which are positioned at the back of the auditorium had to meet similar criteria, with the quietest models chosen and installed.