How They Did It: The Hideaway

Ed Wenck
Nov 30, 2017

In their remarks on the winning project (Best Media Room, Level III, Americas), the judges noted that this room by Casaplex had attained a nearly perfect score — every aspect, from speaker placement to documentation, was brilliantly executed. Among the highlights: the room is deftly divided into two spaces, one with a 4K TV, a kitchen and a space for guests to mingle, and one that serves as a home theater area. The judges were especially impressed with the handling of the projector enclosure — it’s a custom piece complete with active thermal management, and it’s built in a manner that makes the unit easily accessible for service.

All the technology is accessed via a hidden wall panel. The rack powering all the media is located in an adjacent unfinished storage area that’s kept at a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit with plenty of airflow around the components. Speakers are hidden, and pocket and sliding barn doors are utilized to ensure nothing intrudes on the space of the media room.

The integrator took exceptional care to give the client optimum audio in a room that’s designed for socializing as much as for experiencing media. Lighting was another key to the project’s success: “We planned our lighting control system in accordance with how we constructed the space to be used,” noted the Casaplex crew. “This ensures that someone can watch a movie under dimmed lighting in the theater space, undisturbed by either the brighter task lighting by someone preparing a snack in the kitchen area, or by the ambient lighting of someone relaxing in the sitting area.”


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