Apr 16, 2007 12:00 PM
The following information is courtesy of the 2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers' Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.
2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Designers' Awards: Hidden Installation
Gold Technical Design
The client, “Mr. K,” a world-traveler, envisioned a dream room reminiscent of the British Colonial game lodges with rich woods and stone that he had visited in Africa; or a room with the open-air feeling of a Princeville clubhouse with huge pocket doors that disappear to let in the outdoors, turning his cabana into a first-rate media room with the audio and video spilling out into the adjacent pool area. The result is one of the most outrageous cabanas ever built. This home now offers its occupants the perfect environment to relax by the pool with family barbecues and enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment.
The Genesis Audio & Video client is a huge sports fan. Hence the selection of not one, but three Runco plasma sets inside the breezy pool house. Here, he can watch a golf match on the 61in. Runco high-def plasma that’s flanked by two smaller 43in. displays in the 35'x22' space. The other describes how the room can look like a serious media room, yet is automated to revert back to a functional pool house.
This is definitely a multi-use room with a Crestron six-zone controller and two-way touchpanel. All operations work flawlessly. At the touch of a button, the windows are concealed with blackout shades, and the Solar Shading Systems VisionArt giclee “painting” recedes from the front of the largest plasma. Simultaneously, the smaller plasmas appear and disappear seamlessly via Chief lift mechanisms keeping with the framed-plasma look. The cabinet was designed so the smaller plasmas lift into position and appear to be framed within the woodwork. Lutron RadioRA enhances the lighting control.
As for the room’s sound, the Linn system includes high-performance speakers in a small package. The Genesis Audio & Video team needed a low-profile setup since they had limited space. Above the listening area is a curved ceiling dressed in complementary earth tone fabric. Using plaster or drywall would have presented acoustical anomalies. Other components include a Lexicon MC-8 and DVD player and Linn amplifiers. Additionally the ReQuest AudioReQuest music server, satellite, and DVD signals feed to the LCD televisions and speakers in the BBQ and pool area, with a Crestron in-wall touchpanel at the BBQ.
|Time and Expertise Worksheet|
|Electronic Design and Engineering:||24|
|Proposal and System Documentation Preparation:||12|
|Shop Time for Racking and Testing:||24|
|Final Installation and Calibration:||72|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company:||5|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others:||40|
|Project Management by Others:||40|
|Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper:||6|
|Total Hours to Complete:||390|
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