Excerpt from the CEDIA Awards 2019 – Case Study:
Project – Arcadia
Technology Integrator – Wavetrain Cinemas
This retrofit project that converted an existing double garage under the client’s house into a reference-quality, dedicated cinema. The space had to remain accessible from the street.
The owner also wanted to incorporate a couple of arcade machines into a separate bar area that was part of the project.
Wavetrain really took control here, designing and documenting all work for the project, including architectural drawings, interior design, HVAC and ventilation, acoustic engineering — everything.
Wavetrain worked hand-in-hand with the builder to ensure that their plans were followed to the letter. Sound isolation was terrifically important: First, this home has neighbours nearby. Secondly, there was a built- in vacuum system just above the cinema. The system’s pipework was moved up one entire level in the home to keep noise out of the theatre.
The 9.2.6 audio system is complemented by careful speaker placement for perfect dialog and excellent spatial effects.
Another issue here was equipment ventilation for the equipment rack that’s located in a cupboard in the bar. As the bar area is not air-conditioned and the glass faces east, which gets lots of morning sun, it is possible for the bar area to heat up when the cinema and bar are not in use.
There is a three-fan unit cut into the top of the cupboard, which remains on at all times. There is a 20-millimeter gap under the door, so air is drawn through the rack and out the top of the cupboard.
This project won:
2019 CEDIA Awards “Best Home Cinema Level II”
2019 CEDIA Awards “Technology Meets Design”
2020 Sound + Image Magazine “Cinema Design Gold Award”