Dual-Purpose Japanese Style Design
Jan 7, 2008 12:00 PM
The following information is courtesy of the 2007 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.
2007 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry:
Best Theme Theater
The space began as a multi-purpose room functioning as a library, office, and television area. Although there were other areas in the residence to enjoy movies, television, or music the homeowner desired to have an environment dedicated to experiencing these media. With this space being the only practical choice for this purpose, we were faced with the challenge of transforming the area into a room that could serve as a dedicated home theater.
Among the greatest hurdles to overcome was the fact that the room was situated at the front of the house with three large windows that were a prominent feature of the homes exterior. It was the homeowner's request that we keep the windows intact and functional. Being that the windows covered nearly the entire back wall, a 5.1 channel surround loudspeaker array was settled on. Another area of concern was an alcove serving as a bar that was built in a previous remodel of the room and could not be altered. The Control4 media controller and interfaces provided an economical means of controlling the entire system, as well as managing various media.
With no interior designer involved, it was up to the collaborative efforts of the homeowners and the theater designer to come up with an acoustical solution that lent itself to the aesthetics of the room. It was the homeowners desire that the room be somewhat traditional but with Japanese architectural elements. The Japanese Shoji screen offered a great opportunity to conceal both loudspeakers and acoustic treatments. Custom built from hardwood framing and acoustically transparent cloth, as opposed to traditional rice paper, the Shoji screens satisfied all requirements. Thick shutters constructed of RPG flutter free diffusers and a custom built Shoji screen overlay were used to block the light coming through the windows, while providing a treated barrier for sound. Absorptive material was used behind the Shoji screens on the sidewalls and doors, as well as a recessed section in the ceiling to control sound at the first reflection points.
A JBL Synthesis 2 sound system was specifically chosen for it's performance and flexibility in calibrating to the room. JBL factory representatives were onsite to aid in the calibration due to the very recent release of their new SDEC-3000 equalizer. The Sony 1080P projector was calibrated to ISF standards.
|Time and Expertise Worksheet|
|Electronic Design and Engineering:||25|
|Proposal and System Documentation Preparation:||8|
|Shop Time for Racking and Testing:||24|
|Final Installation and Calibration:||60|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company:||0|
|Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others:||0|
|Project Management by Others:||120|
|Total Hours to Complete:||329|
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