Dual-Purpose Japanese Style Design

The space began as a multi-purpose room functioning as a library, office, and television area. Although there were other areas in the residence to enjoy movies, television, or music the homeowner des 1/07/2008 7:00 AM Eastern

Dual-Purpose Japanese Style Design

Jan 7, 2008 12:00 PM

The following information is courtesy of the 2007 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers' Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit or call (800) 669-5329.

2007 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry:
Best Theme Theater

The space began as a multi-purpose room functioning as a library, office, and television area. Although there were other areas in the residence to enjoy movies, television, or music the homeowner desired to have an environment dedicated to experiencing these media. With this space being the only practical choice for this purpose, we were faced with the challenge of transforming the area into a room that could serve as a dedicated home theater.

Among the greatest hurdles to overcome was the fact that the room was situated at the front of the house with three large windows that were a prominent feature of the homes exterior. It was the homeowner's request that we keep the windows intact and functional. Being that the windows covered nearly the entire back wall, a 5.1 channel surround loudspeaker array was settled on. Another area of concern was an alcove serving as a bar that was built in a previous remodel of the room and could not be altered. The Control4 media controller and interfaces provided an economical means of controlling the entire system, as well as managing various media.

With no interior designer involved, it was up to the collaborative efforts of the homeowners and the theater designer to come up with an acoustical solution that lent itself to the aesthetics of the room. It was the homeowners desire that the room be somewhat traditional but with Japanese architectural elements. The Japanese Shoji screen offered a great opportunity to conceal both loudspeakers and acoustic treatments. Custom built from hardwood framing and acoustically transparent cloth, as opposed to traditional rice paper, the Shoji screens satisfied all requirements. Thick shutters constructed of RPG flutter free diffusers and a custom built Shoji screen overlay were used to block the light coming through the windows, while providing a treated barrier for sound. Absorptive material was used behind the Shoji screens on the sidewalls and doors, as well as a recessed section in the ceiling to control sound at the first reflection points.

A JBL Synthesis 2 sound system was specifically chosen for it's performance and flexibility in calibrating to the room. JBL factory representatives were onsite to aid in the calibration due to the very recent release of their new SDEC-3000 equalizer. The Sony 1080P projector was calibrated to ISF standards.

Equipment list

  • 1 JBL S2C
  • 2 JBL S2M
  • 2 JBL S2S
  • 2 JBL S4Ai
  • 1 JBL SDP-5
  • 1 JBL SDEC-3000
  • 1 JBL S800
  • 1 JBL S7150
  • 1 Sony VPL-VW100
  • 1 Sony DVP-CX777ES
  • 1 Screen Research FS-90-178-1W-B
  • 1 Dish Network VIP 611
  • 2 Monster Cable MP HTS 5100
  • 1 Middle Atlantic ERK4425LRD
  • 1 Panamax M1WPWRKITTL
  • 1 Active Thermal Management COOL-VENT I
  • 1 Active Thermal Management COOL-VENT II
  • 1 Chief RPA-020
  • 1 Gefen CAB-HDMI-50MM
  • 1 Gefen EXT-HDMI-141sb
  • 1 Control4 AVM-MC1B
  • 1 Control4 TSM-10-51-B
  • 8 Control4 LDZ-101-A
  • 1 Belkin N1
  • 1 Owens Corning ACOUSTIC BOARD
  • Monster Cable Interconnects

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 7
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 25
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 8
    Project Management: 20
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 18
    Trim-out: 35
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 24
    Programming: 10
    Final Installation and Calibration: 60
    Client Instruction: 2
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 0
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0
    Project Management by Others: 120
    Other time: 0
    Total Hours to Complete: 329

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