Where Technology meets Architectural & Design

Barco Residential brings innovative visual experiences to all areas of the finest residences, combining technology leadership with architectural and interior design. Together with our partners, we have made it our mission to create Architectural Digital Canvases that enable the most immersive entertainment and cultural experiences in luxury homes for customers to share with their loved ones.

Architectural Integration

Our discerning clients are not just looking for a typical home-theater-in-a-box, much less for an unsightly projector hanging from the ceiling. All too often, technology becomes a ‘necessary evil’ that impedes the design imperative of a luxury home or yacht.

Each clients lifestyle is unique and every residence is unique. Clients are looking for ways to discretely integrate different experiences into their living spaces, not limited to Home Theater, but also including New Media Art, Gaming and Architectural Video. This calls for more customized and architecturally integrated video solutions, that offer far beyond what any mass-produced TV or home theater solution can offer.

Together with our partners, Barco Residential is at the forefront of driving these industry-wide changes, underpinned by our "Hide Everything but the Image" philosophy. We focus our development efforts on creating technologies and products that allow integration of systems to enhance rather than impede the architecture and design of the client’s residence, thereby turning technology from a "necessary evil".

How Design Professionals Work

Architects and designers tend to follow four main steps in any project: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Document/Permits and Construction.

 

Schematic Design

In this step, the architect talks with the client to determine the project requirements and goals. The architect usually starts with rough study drawings that illustrate the basic design. This most often includes spatial relationships as well as basic scale and forms the owner might desire. Also, initial research of regulations is completed at this time. Initial cost estimats are also investigated based on total project size and complexity.


 

 

Design Development

In this phase the architect collects the results from the schematic design phase and takes them one step further. This phase involves finalizing the design and specifying items such as materials, window and door locations and general structural details. Wall thickness, direction of structural beams, placement of doors, lamp fixtures and furnishings are all part of the thought process in this phase.

To summarize; the phase where the customer takes decisions on all the critical aspects of the design. Design development usually yields a more detailed site plan, as well as floor plans, elevations and sectional drawings with full dimensions.

 

 

 

Construction documents or permits

Once the architect and client are comfortable with the drawings produced from the design development phase, they can move on to the construction documents.

The construction document phase produces detailed construction drawings used for the construction of 8 your project. These drawings typically include specifications for construction details and materials. Once the drawings are completed, the architects send them to contractors for tender as well as to the building department for required permit approvals.

Construction

 And finally, the drawings become reality. Walls are built; ceilings are painted. The entire projects becomes a house. 

Where do Integrators fit in

Where do integrators and manufacturers fit into the process? Ideally integrators should be involved from step one. This is the time advice and inspiration can be provided as to what kinds of experiences the client might be interested in. Does the client love movies? Is the client interested in New Media Art? Is the client an avid gamer? How can the digital canvases that enable these experiences be integrated seamlessly into the design and architecture of the home? 

However, In reality integrators are not usually involved until step four, at which point it’s

usually too late to make the modifications necessary to enable the different experiences and seamlessly integrate the technology into the fabric of the home.
All too often we end up trying to simply retrofit large screens into the home, and a lot of opportunity is missed. Another challenge is responsibility.

Given that technology is so often seen as a challenge rather than an opportunity, architects and designers are sometimes reluctant to take on the responsibility of adding technology to the home, and don’t see enough value in involving custom integrators early.

With this web page, we hope to highlight the opportunities created for clients, architects, designers and custom integrators by engaging as early as possible in the design process.

Living room projects

There is nothing like a well-designed living room to enjoy family time and entertaining loved ones. It’s also one of the best places to showcase your design aesthetic by experimenting with color palettes, layers of texture and patterns, and a variety of furniture layouts.

It’s meant to be comfortable, inviting, and full of style. Visible technology in a living room will in most cases detract from a well-designed space. Each living room has a different set of circumstances, and integrating a big screen, projector and speakers into the space can seem like a daunting task as every installation is different...

Balder architectural integrated inside the ceiling, using an MMD from Display Technologies. When not in use, technology is completely hidden.

Loki built into the rear wall,  creating a rear projection TV perfect for ambient light in the room. Screen technology provided by Display Technologies or Barco.

Balder Cinemascope built into the rear wall, creating a scope rear projection TV, perfect for ambient light in the room. Screen technology provided by Display Technologies or Barco.

Medea built into the back wall using a vertical mirror mount from Display Technologies. Screen provided by Stewart Filmscreen. All technology hidden when not in use.

Njord built into the ceiling using an ultra short throw lens creating a perfect large image. All technology hidden when not in use.

The customer had very limited room for projection and the solution was to use four small projectors and blend the images together. mounts and screen were provided by Barco.

Living Room Integration Example

We have created an practical example to inspire architects and designers with the opportunities offered by Custom Integrators and Barco.Example

Outdoor Living

The arrival of summer and warm, balmy nights gives us the perfect opportunity to enjoy your outdoor home cinema. A very nice and cosy space for the whole family to relax outdoors or a romantic nook for couples looking for isolated date night ideas.
We can't think of a better way to spend those long, balmy summer evenings than hosting an open-air movie night. You’ll get to choose what film to watch. Right, someone pass the popcorn!

Outdoor pool solution, customer wanted to have a big outdoor screen for the family to enjoy movies in the afternnon/ evening when the sun was setting. Projector and screen are installed in motorized confided space when they are not in use. Technology is only visible when in use. Projector used is a Loki.

Similar solution as the previous, but instead of a ground hidden screen, this one is hidden in the ceilling. Projector is installed the same way. Customer wanted to have a big outdoor screen for the family to enjoy movies in the afternnon/ evening when the sun was setting.  Projector used here is a Balder

Outdoor rear projection solution. Customer is a big sportsfan and likes to watch several games at the same time and follow statistics, all possible on this huge 5 meter wide screen with Barco image processing for watching multiple sources at the same time. 

Outdoor living example

Here is a full example explaining all the steps you have to consider building an outdoor cinema.

Window on the world

"Window on the World" is essentially a digital canvas that we use to create something ranging from resembling an actual window to mapping an entire wall. It opens up the experience of having ‘pushed over the wall’ and takes away the notion of ‘screen’, which fundamentally changes how people experience it.

Imagine using that to create a life-size ocean, your favorite city view, a castle or even an aquarium. This could also be used to bring the client’s own ocean view streamed from their beach home into their city residence, for example.

Rear projection window on the world installation where the windows are constructed to replicate normal windows, but instead of a view, the image is projected.

Rear projection window on the world installation where the windows are constructed to replicate normal windows, but instead of a view, the image is projected.
Rear projection window on the world installation where the windows are constructed to replicate normal windows, but instead of a view, the image is projected.
Rear projection window on the world installation where the windows are constructed to replicate normal windows, but instead of a view, the image is projected.
Rear projection window on the world installation where the windows are constructed to replicate normal windows, but instead of a view, the image is projected.
Rear projection window on the world installation where the windows are constructed to replicate normal windows, but instead of a view, the image is projected.

Window on the world Example

We have created an practical example to inspire architects and designers with the opportunities offered by Custom Integrators and Barco.Example

More information?

If you want to learn more about Barco Residential offerings in Architectural Integration and how you can integrate our products in a nice way, follow the download button to download our Architectural integration book


We also offer trainings and design help to integrate the projectors into your projects. We can also verify your design to make sure you get the best result possible.