Best Media Room (under £15,000)
Winner: Olive Audio Visual for Hampstead Media Room
The judges consider Olive Audio Visual delivered everything the brief outlined: "integrated and elegant with a beautiful layout".
Aesthetics are an important part of this 18th Century home with a modern twist. The brief for a basement family room, as part of a major refurbishment, demanded something modern and striking. Working closely with the architects, Olive Audio Visual created a series of wall mounted boxes, with lights implanted behind to give the impression they are ‘floating'. The boxes, built to exact dimensions, disguise the speakers and sub-woofer, as well as providing storage, but the overall effect is of an art installation.
Roof lights, essential for maximising natural light during the day, mean that total light exclusion is impossible. To address this, the drop down screen is carefully located in front of them, to reduce the ambient light and to avoid blocking light when not in use.
The room is controlled through an RTI handset providing simplified operation of the AV and children's gaming equipment. Lighting scenes, incorporating the floating boxes, have been created to enhance each activity. The client loves the system as the sound and image quality is much better than they were expecting.