Best Home Cinema (under £40,000)
Winner: Cinema Architects for Sandile Msibi Home Cinema
Described by the judges as "old school Hollywood fun" this project "brings a perfect cinema experience into the home."
This creative conversion of a double garage has resulted in a truly cinematic experience for the client. The room was extended by 3m to accommodate two tiers of five reclining seats each with "butt-kickers". The cinema system comprises a 3m micro perforated fixed mount screen, full HD projector and 7.1 sound system. The existing store room was changed to an equipment room, with a custom-built cabinet, to discreetly house the AV kit and the client's DVD collection.
The imaginative décor consists of black carpets, red-carpeted stage, popcorn machine and imported Hollywood film posters. Cinema Architects also designed an ‘out of this world' lighting scheme incorporating fibre optics and LED strip lights. Integrated control of the entire home cinema and lighting is enabled through an iPad. Cinema Architects has excelled at achieving the desired Hollywood Movie theme. From the client's perspective: "The entire installation is a true work of professionalism. The sound is amazing, the picture quality is vivid and life-like and truly satisfying."