Project: Integrated home

Working with JSRE Partners, London based integrator Cornflake won two awards for the clever technology in this Clink Wharf apartment

The brief was to provide an extensive integrated system, with an intuitive interface, to enable the client to manage his property while in residence or overseas. Ongoing support and preventative maintenance were crucial to the project’s success.

Cornflake installed a Crestron system to integrate all the systems which consist of AV, HVAC, lighting, shading, access and security including video surveillance, intruder and fire alarms. A bespoke graphical user interface (GUI) enables easy control from anywhere in the world via a tablet or phone. A remote monitoring capability detects any faults or offline devices and automatically generates an alert so corrective action can be taken. The client also receives a notification if any security alarm is activated.

Lighting can be controlled even when the owner is out of the country

Cornflake created a series of automated modes for the property to reflect the different seasons and for when the client is away. For example, the house will appear lived-in even when empty. At night, a single pre-set key will turn off all lights and audio visual equipment. These provide peace of mind for the owner and improve energy efficiency.

An incredible reference-level cinema with a Dolby Atmos 9.4.4 surround sound system and Barco Cinemascope projector balances technical performance, acoustics and a space-efficient design. The full-wall projected images combined with the dynamic lighting effects are visually striking.

The striking home cinema

However, for some clients, one home cinema room just isn’t enough. As well as the high-performance cinema the customer wanted a more relaxed and flexible big-screen viewing experience for entertaining, as well as high-performance audio.

As integrator Cornflake says, a dedicated home cinema space can be all-encompassing and immersive, which is ideal for a purist home cinema experience, but maybe not suitable for socialising. The solution was a large, open-plan space subtly fitted with a flexible TV and projection combination.

All the AV equipment was installed in a centralised rack with UPS and power monitoring part of the whole-home integrated system.

And, for more relaxed viewing, a second big screen option

Unfortunately, the space wasn’t ideal for surround sound speakers, due to exposed brickwork and reduced ceiling depth, so Cornflake worked with the client to achieve the best ‘bang for buck’ front channel audio configuration.

A 16:9 projector screen was supplied, which was ideal for viewing sport – the client is an avid Aston Villa fan – as well as more casual everyday background viewing. Ambient light conditions were challenging – three of the four walls featured large windows, so automated blackout blinds were required for use with the projection system.

Cornflake won both the Integrated Home Level III and Media Room Level I categories for this project at the CEDIA Awards 2021. You can watch a short film about the project here

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