Previously, the basement had been occupied by gym equipment. Due to the size of the area, a second space was created within it. The idea was to condense the gym into two thirds of the space with an added audio zone, then install a new, designated entertaining room of approximately 4.5×10m. Stud walls were constructed and lined with materials to reduce noise and light pollution. This new area is primarily a cinema, but it is also used as a social focal point for the house where the client can entertain guests from behind the bar. The client and his guests can choose between watching the action on a large projection screen or on a 32″ TV screen behind the bar.
We were given a very clear idea of what the room should look like, and worked alongside the interior designers at Ambience Home Design so the client’s ideas could become a reality. His high expectations were met with our design and build quality.
A 2.7m-wide, fixed, acoustically-transparent projector screen hides the centre speaker, and the project itself is installed in the coved ceiling detail. Curtains cover the fixed screen when not in use and retract automatically when the projector is activated, for that extra ‘cinema’ feel. When watching a film, the room’s lighting dims as the image appears, leaving only a dimmed effect on the steps should anyone need to get up during the action. There are six leather, reclining armchairs placed on two tiers to give an uninterrupted view from any viewing position.
Floor-standing speakers are used for the front and channels, with in-wall speakers installed for the rear channels. This ensures that speakers do not encroach on walkways or the space at the rear of the entertainment room. A subwoofer completes the 5.1 surround sound set up. As the room is multi-purpose, it was important to use lighting to transform the room from entertaining mode into a high-end cinema experience.
The bar works as an independent zone, so it is possible to entertain without having to start the main system or display separate video sources. All of the components with the exception of the DVD player are housed in a metal-framed rack located in the adjoining utility room.