The InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.’s new billion-dollar residential and retail development, The Wharf, boasts a 3,500 sq ft rooftop cocktail spot, dubbed 12 Stories.

The drinking destination marks the D.C. debut for Gerber Group, the prominent owner-operator behind the trendiest bars and restaurants in New York, Atlanta and Santiago, Chile.

Designed by interior designers SLDesign, 12 Stories features modern artwork by Paige Smith, industrial-chic design touches like concrete flooring, wired pendulum lighting, velvet, marble, leather and wood furniture, and an expansive 26 ft NanaWall, opening up onto an outdoor terrace.

The Gerber Group requested an audio system from longtime partner integrator Global Audio Systems – who had already found success installing K-array in Gerber Group’s Grand Central Station lounge, The Campbell – a system that could deliver a high SPL in a compact enclosure.

Together with hotel management, the team selected K-array’s Kayman-KY102 line array loudspeakers for its amazing horizontal coverage and its four-inch closely-spaced drivers that allow for better frequency response in the lower bandwidth.

Given its similar characteristics yet in a smaller frame, the Python-KP52 was also selected for distribution throughout the venue.

The Gerber Group and InterContinental Hotel were ecstatic with the sound and look of the final system, which is comprised of seven Kaymans and four Pythons.