Geneva’s Bypass Opts for Coemar

Mirco Cibin has moved his famous Bypass operation to the Les Acacias development area of Geneva, and created a luxurious multi-million dollar club for the city’s chic and VIP clientele.

The marble-interiored venue, which boasts a VIP champagne bar and an 80-cover fine dining restaurant on the mezzanine floor, has already hosted a number of ritzy parties — most recently during the Geneva Motor Show and the returning Americas Cup Team Alinghi — as well as many television crews.

With this affluent target market in mind, the club demanded a high specification of lighting, sound and video.

The club favoured Coemar lighting, and Alessandro Caldarera (Coemar’s technical and marketing man) supported the architect, Marco Lucchi, by designing an inventive rig equal to the talents of lighting operator, Romain Toppano, and controllable from an MA GrandMA desk.

The result is that seven nights a week a capacity of 1000 revellers dance under a canopy of kinetic lighting — exclusively from the catalogues of Coemar and TAS.

A combination of six Coemar iSpot 575, complete with 12 rotating colour changers, strobing, dimmer, frost and prism effects, and eight Prowash 250LX MSD Washlights, augmented with Panorama Cyc 2.4’s were fitted by installation company, Electro Digit.

Also on the rig are four TAS Saetta 1500 DMX strobes and eight ultraviolet-effect projectors as well as TAS smoke and fog machines — all driven from three Coemar DIGIfactor Club DMX-512 dimmer units.

The audio has been built around a 15K Electro-Voice X-Array sound system, powered by Crown amplification, processed through a Cloud mixer, and with a choice of Numark or Technics SL1200 Mk2 turntables and Pioneer CDJ-1000 vinyl emulator as the playback devices.

Bypass is the flagship of Mr. Cibin’s leisure empire, which also includes various other discotheques, bars and the radio station, One FM. In 1997 they founded Bypass, which quickly established itself as a leading house music venue on the international scene. Two years later M. Cibin formed Bypass Sarl as the holding company for all his leisure ventures.

Restricted by capacity Bypass needed a new home and the optimum location was found on 800 square metres at Carrefour de l’Etoile, which offered en suite parking and close access to the Highway A1 from Zürich or France.

The club opened in September. And according to the club’s marketing consultant, Roberto Lopez, Mr. Cibin’s team are in great shape to take advantage of the upcoming development in the area, with the new Geneva Stadium now completed, which will boost the city’s bid to host the European Football Championships in 2008.

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