CEDIA Awards

Best Innovative System or Solution

  |  Americas

Dual Hidden Projection Media Room

by Cantara

All the gear – screens and projectors – can quickly disappear into the ceiling above.

As CEDIA’s judging panel noted, this project was “a bit … different.”

This entertainment space, which won best Media Room, Level II (Americas) – and is part of a whole-home integration honored as Highly Commended (Best Integrated Home, Level IV, Americas) – had a difficulty level that was off the charts.

The client wanted a party space, with dual, massive screens and projectors. These displays – which include gear that can completely disappear into the ceiling – are designed to be the centerpiece of the homeowner’s Oscar viewing parties, specifically during the red-carpet prologues. Images and sound needed to be either merged or separated in every possible configuration at the client’s whim and touch of a button. Moreover, the sound system had to incorporate a microphone rig and inputs specifically designed for either a DJ or an emcee during the proceedings. All of that audio had to then cover the entire space without a fraction of a second’s delay.

There were more challenges. Cantara tells us, “Significant thought was put into designing around the incredibly ornate Art Deco interiors which featured every possible sort of sound and video no-no. Hard surfaces for sound, light reflecting mirrors, stone doors, white ceilings, an asymmetrical room layout – all bad.

“So, we negotiated for heavy drapery fabric, massive sofas, and extra thick area rugs. We included large-scale in-wall speakers and subwoofers from Wisdom Audio. We specified Barco Loki projectors — but we knew that at night time, this would be incredibly bright on a relatively small 127-inch screen, so we made sure to include automatic astronomic-based brightness and color preset toggling in Savant. We worked with Screen Innovations on the right screen material, which rejects ambient light and preserves contrast and black level.”

Heavy drapes keep the audio from bouncing unpleasantly off walls of glass.
The art deco finishes had to be preserved no matter what tech went into the walls and ceilings.

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