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This theater had to fit a strict minimalist aesthetic while offering performance worthy of an avid musician. All Around Technology delivered on both counts with this award-winning theater. 

Homeowner's Wish List

The homeowner wanted a home theater that was commensurate with his house, a beautiful vacation home designed by a renowned architect. The theater had to match the architect's minimalist and modern design style, while providing a true movie experience for the homeowner and his family and friends. Additionally, the homeowner, an avid guitar player and rock-and-roll aficionado, wanted a state-of-the art acoustical environment where he could enjoy music.

The Design Challenges

All Around Technology, the CEDIA member home technology professional charged with designing the homeowner's dream theater, had one primary challenge: conforming to the architect's unyielding request for the look of a "grey box." With the architect's strict requirements, All Around Technology essentially found itself with two clients: the architect and the homeowner. The technicians had to become adept at understanding both sets of requirements and developing solutions to marry the two perspectives to satisfy all requirements.

The Solutions

All Around Technology delivered what both the architect and the homeowner wanted: a minimal grey box look that concealed a concert hall acoustics package, while boasting a monumental sound system and a comfortable, state-of-the-art theater environment.

"Grey Box" Look
With the architectural look of the theater to include nothing on the walls, All Around Technology injected the lighting, HVAC, sprinklers and acoustical isolation panels into the ceiling. Even then, the elements needed to be tightly packed into the ceiling in order not to compromise the high ceilings in the room. An acoustical engineer was hired to design all noise isolation elements to contain the theater sound, while a mechanical engineer ensured the air delivery system could be accommodated in the ceiling design while minimizing its noise levels.

Lighting
With the sparse, minimalist design, lighting was used to add visual interest and make the room look even deeper. All Around Technology installed LED cove lighting, which is aform of indirect lighting that is built into ledges, recesses, or valences in a ceiling or high on the walls of a room. It hides the fixtures and provides a very even, warm light.

Acoustical Environment
With the entire ceiling built from hardwood diffusion material that helps disperse sound and deflect it to the right audio area, the home theater was able to provide a high-performance acoustical environment for both movies and music.The room has a bass management system that uses four front-delivery and six room-balancing subwoofers to produce an amazingly flat bass response. And subwoofers were equipped with tuned spring-isolators to minimize structure-born noise from the open-plan house above.

Other Design Elements

  • Among the many practical features implemented in the room was the ability to reset all of the seats to their upright position with the push of one button.
  • Because the room is so isolated from the rest of the house, all elements of the advanced home automation system - security cameras, extensive sub-system integration and all distributed AV sources - are available in the theater. 

Project Partners

Home Technology Professional
All Around Technology
8565 Atlas Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 770-1700
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Architect
Jacobsen Architecture
2529 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-5200
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Builder
Mountaineer Construction
P.O. Box 2794
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 708-7224
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Specialty Consultant
John Sugden
225 Whitney Pl. NE
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 771-2119
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Specialty Consultant
Acoustical Design Collaborative, LTD
7509 Lhirondelle Club Road
Roxton, MD 21204
(410) 821-5930
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