VuePix screen for the biggest Australian tavern

Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011


Gracefully situated on the slopes of Eatons Hill in North Brisbane is Queenland’s largest and most exciting new hotel complex. Stunning in design and appointed with contemporary flair, the Eatons Hill Hotel is the great new venue for leisure, entertainment and fun.

The first stage has recently been opened, just a section of this massive 7,500 sqm, 4 storey complex, which is the biggest hotel development Brisbane has seen in many years. It features a 2,000 people capacity function room designed to host some of the biggest Australian touring bands, 8 bars, 100 beer taps, 120 hotel rooms and many other entertainment and leisure facilities.

The Beer garden is one of the venue’s main bars, designed to provide great atmosphere and chill out time not only for beer lovers. A VuePix L-series 10mm pixel pitch video screen was selected for this area. With a focus on delivering high quality all weather content to the Taverns Patrons, the screen measures a generous 5×2.8 meters, and can be used as either a huge video screen or as a background for live entertainment on the outdoor stage to produce great visual effects. The VuePix L ED display is rigged from 4 Chain master 250kg motors. This allows the Eaton’s hill staff to raise and lower the screen depending on the requirements of each event.

The VuePix screen is delivered content via a VisionPro HD scaler, which accepts High Definition video from a HDTV receiver. For other events the VisionPro also has composite and DVI/VGA inputs available. This allows the screen to be flexibly used for differing events. Another key component is the daylight sensing card which automatically “dims” the screen brightness in low light and night time conditions.

One of the most striking fixtures of the entire site, is an ages old tree with branches that span over purpose built decks. These locations really give the whole complex a nested in nature feel, something that really stands out throughout the venue. This extremely large tree has been lit on 3 sides with iLED Pro outdoor multipar fixtures. These along with several others lighting key trees around the venue, receive DMX control from a dedicated e:Cue system. Running the latest release version of the e:Cue Lighting Application Suite, the e:Cue system can be manipulated by either the attached touch screen monitor, or the e:Cue remote iPad/iPhone application.

The dance floor area of the Main Bar is again equipped with an e:Cue control system. Dedicated for this area the e:Cue is setup with a touch screen monitor which allows DJ’s to easily select the type of lighting they require. A DMX loop links Robe Scan 250XTs, iLED Pro LED Stage Zoom wash, LEDSource TriColor Multipars and effects lighting, into the e:Cue system.

John Buchanan from ULA Group comments: “Working to the brief from the client I believe we have helped create a fantastic space that many people will enjoy. From the Vuepix LED screen to the lighting control, this project has been an exciting challenge”.

John worked closely with Bruce Forbes the audio/visual consultant on the project, to provide some exciting use of the latest technologies available.

The next stage of the Eatons Hill complex will also include two VuePix P12 Roadside displays each measuring 3×2 meters, that will be used to promote the hotel and its special events. These will sit beside the busy road that passes the tavern to best capture the potential audience.