This project called for a large TV in the home's bar area that was viewable from anywhere within the surrounding entertaining space. The TV was to be completely hidden when not in use – beyond the concealment level of traditional hidden lifts and mounts.
To find a solution, Station Earth
threw out all conventional thinking on residential hidden technology and came up with a solution inspired by top-notch industrial applications. Their work earned them the Gold Technical Design award for Hidden Installation and the Best Overall Hidden Installation award in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards
The clients requested that the TV be absolutely undetectable when not in use, which precluded Station Earth from using traditional methods of concealing a TV - lifts, ceiling drops, and floor raisers all leave telltale signs that something is hidden.
They asked themselves, how would you tackle this project if you had an unlimited budget? They decided that the answer was to engage trades that do this type of a project on an industrial scale: companies that build roller coasters or design robot painting systems for automotive production.
A 55-inch Samsung 1080p TV is totally concealed in the mirror panels of the bar area, undetectable upon inspection. Control is handled through an Elan HR2 remote control, and the unit is fully integrated into the home's Elan control and automation system. Control is also available via smart phone, a bar mounted touch panel, or a tablet.
How It’s Hidden
The hidden automated mechanism itself is welded to a ten-foot-tall I-beam that is bolted to the concrete foundation floor, so structural integrity was paramount on this install. All material used in the construction of the mount is stainless steel. The accompanying products used to put the mount in motion (on three axes) are all of the highest grade industrial quality.
When it’s time to watch TV, an 8-lb force actuator moves a mirror cover, which rides on custom drawer slides, off to the left side. This is followed by a 1500-lb force actuator that begins swinging the TV outward as it tilts 180 degrees for viewing. The last piece of the well-orchestrated mechanical symphony is a 15-lb force actuator that rotates the TV to just the right viewing angle.
A programmable logic controller (PLC) was designed, constructed, and programmed to execute all movements with precision. Challenges were overcome by a concerted effort from all parties involved. Station Earth worked alongside the builder, designer, fabrication company, welders, plasma cutting and CNC shop, millwork company, and glass company. This project was the first time most of those trades had worked in a residential setting.
Bonus: See It in Action
Project Partners Home Technology Professional Station Earth
Fergus, Ontario Architect
Craig Frede - Architect
Sonnarc Custom Homes
Waterloo, Ontario Interior Designer
Ontario Specialty Consultant
Guelph, Ontario CNC and Stainless Steel
Macadam (Mac) Foy