Under the stars

Fibre-optic lights create a three-dimensional vision of a night sky as a backdrop for this home theatre
Story by: Mary Webb
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Image of this home theatre which seats 12 guests in fully automatic reclining chairs.

In a room that is filled with more technology and electronic equipment than any other part of the house, fantasy can still reign supreme.

Jeffrey W Smith, CAS, of First Impressions was asked to fit a home theatre into a new home. The dramatic design features floating beams that crisscross a 3.8m-high ceiling fitted with a three-dimensional, dusk-to-dawn fibre-optic ceiling system.


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Image of this home theatre which seats 12 guests in fully automatic reclining chairs.

On entering the theatre, guests can look up at an image of a blue sky with clouds scudding across it. However, once the theatre activates, the blue sky gradually fades from a hot magenta sunset to a dark night sky before the stars start twinkling. Occasional shooting stars add excitement, and the family's zodiac signs are also visible.

In the centre of the ceiling, a quadrant holds a custom bronze, iron and hand-blown alabaster glass pendant light. Sconces along the side walls match this fitting. To provide a soft, unobtrusive glow when the theatre is in use, backlit onyx panels are fitted to the base of the pilasters on either side of the proscenium. More backlit onyx panels light up a buffet at the back of the theatre.

Image of this home theatre which seats 12 auditorium, ceiling, entertainment, function hall, interior design, lighting, theatre, brown
Image of this home theatre which seats 12 guests in fully automatic reclining chairs.

To meet the owners' request for a neoclassical style in keeping with the rest of the house, the design incorporates pearwood moulding, pilasters and a traditional proscenium with a screen behind a velvet curtain. A Greek key design around the crown mouldings and on the stair risers emphasises the traditional appearance of the theatre. Walls are covered in custom dyed Acousuede fabric.

Surround sound speakers are concealed behind wall panels and the media system is in a separate room at the rear, together with DVD and audio storage. A full wet bar is in a second separate space in the opposite corner at the back of the theatre.

Apr 16, 2009

Credit list

Audiovisual design/supplier
HED South
Projector
Sony Qualia
DVD player
Lexicon RT-20
Amplifier, sub-woofer, audio (in-wall)
Genelec
Acoustical floor coverings
Custom fabricated by Diane Sepler Designs
Theatre seating
CineLoungers by First Impressions Theme Theatres
Screen
Stewart Custom 120" Screen-Wall
Home automation, electronic control
Crestron
Processor
Lexicon MC-4
Acoustical wall coverings
Acoupak Acoustical Management Systems Panels, from First Impressions Theme Theatres
Motorised theatrical drape
Movie House Velvet from First Impressions Theme Theatres
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