How can we ensure that our knowledge is shared with architects and designers?

How can we ensure that our knowledge is shared with architects and designers? It is critical that that the custom integrator is involved as early as possible in the design process (Preferably in the Schematic Design phase and Design Development phase).

The project in the below example is intended to give a practical example to inspire architects and designers with the opportunities offered by audio & video technology and close collaboration with Custom Integrators who often have design staff employed to help with the process. The project we have here was a living room project where the client wanted a big screen TV, which was considered easy for the architect, no changes to the room itself, just design a big TV over the fireplace.

When our team was involved, we offered an alternative solution to hanging a 65” TV over the fireplace. The homeowner had assumed a TV was the logical solution, as there were large windows on the side, a fireplace in the front of the room, a large light fixture in the center of the room and a bookshelf on the entire backwall. These were all challenges that needed to be overcome. Our team wanted to create a solution with no changes to the room itself when the TV wasn’t in use. The proposal included removing all visible technology. This included hiding the floor standing speakers.

Instead of having a TV hanging on the wall, the client was offered the option to have art above the fire place. By specifying a drop down screen and switching out the floor standing speakers for in-wall speakers it was possible to hide all the audio and video technology while still retaining the chandelier. Our idea was to make sure the projector became a part of the bookshelf, completely hidden.

Collaboration between integrator and designer/architect

The installation seems complex, but the Custom Integrator took care of all technical details, while the design team could focus on the overall design. From the 3D sketch to the right (illustration A), you see that the integrator very clearly illustrates how the projector is pulling in cold air (blue arrows) and how it exausts the warm air (red arrows).

Once the designer had the accurate drawings and plans for the space, he was able to easily design custom cabinet fronts to cover the technical components in close cooperation with the integrator. (illustration B)

illustration A                                                                         Illustration B

projector technology

One of the goals was to not remove the light fixture that was located over the sofa in the back of the room. As you can see from the sketch the projector had to be installed way off-axis in the corner of the room. This will normally create image artefacts like a keystoned image overshooting the screen.

With Barco Residentials projectors cababilities like shift and warp technology and the knowledge we could offer to help the integrator and the designer, the result is no visible technology and a perfectly aligned image. 

As you can see from the end result, the architect’s design intent is practically untouched. The projector is built into the wall/bookshelf and the screen is built into the ceiling. Even the speakers are built-in, and the grill is customized to match the colors of the wall, all seamlessly integrated.
When the system is not in use, all technology is hidden. 
When the system is in use, the only difference in look and feel of the space is the screen that drops down in front of the fire place and some extra curtains /drapes that cover the windows on sunny days (motorized of course).

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.

In this example we used the 16:9 version of Bragi, It had enough light for this setup. 

Screen was the Retractable screen Cascade Medio from Stewart Filmscreen.

The mount used was the Vertical Mirror Mount v2 from Display Technologies Read about the  product on the manufacturer web page.

A special port hole glass built to keep the noise inside the cabinet. It has magnetic mounting interface. More about the product on the manufacturer web page