The “Playhouse” was already under construction when DC Home Systems got the call for a dedicated home theater in a 15,000-square-foot structure built for entertainment – and the room presented a great many challenges. The home’s design called for windows in the room housing the theater, so true blackout shades were needed. The homeowner also desired a bar and countertop that not only presented acoustical issues, but demanded creative solutions when it came to speaker placement. Custom surrounds from Triad Speakers proved to be the solution.
The entire theater sits directly beneath a basketball court, which meant that the vertical supports carrying the load of the court needed to be replaced with massive steel beams – which affected screen sizing and presented projector light path issues. Additionally, the design's sound isolation also had to shut out the sound of a bowling alley on the other side of the theater’s entry doors.
Lastly, the client is a fan of stargazing – and the star-field ceiling is the largest that the manufacturer – Kinetics – had ever produced: 1,000 square feet.
This theater also picked up a CEDIA Global Award and the project as a whole – the “Playhouse” that envelops this cinema – won an Award for Best Special project, Americas/Asia Pacific region.