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Awards 2011
A guide to the award winners,
highly commended and finalists
THE AWARDS 2011
THE JUDGING PANEL
Smart Deco.
Loewe Individual. Where unique
modular design and technology meet.
What makes a television unique today? Is it a modular
design that you can put together according to your own
personal taste? Is it varied multimedia possibilities? Or
simply incomparably brilliant images and perfect sound?
We believe it’s when everything comes together in one
single TV system. As is the case with the Loewe Individual –
available to view at www.loewe-uk.com.
A very warm welcome to
the CEDIA Awards 2011 –
a celebration of the very
best in smart home design,
installation and integration.
From English country homes to stunning super yachts sailing the
world and private villas in Arabia and Africa, this year’s winners
and finalists are the standard-bearers of excellence in residential
custom installation projects across CEDIA Region 1.
The Awards provide a great showcase for our industry, and this
year the breadth, depth and quality of integration and innovation
is as impressive as ever. All contenders should be proud of their
achievement in reaching the final stages of the competition.
Proud sponsor of the
CEDIA Awards 2011
As Chair of judges I know that the high standard of entries this
year proved a major challenge for our judges. My thanks to those
who sat on our judging panel this year and gave up their valuable
time and expertise to review the entries, debate their respective
merits and make the winning selections. CEDIA appreciates and
values your contribution. I would also like to thank our CEDIA
Award Platinum sponsors AWE Europe, Loewe, Panasonic and
Philips Dynalite for their very generous support. We are also
grateful for the contributions from scheme supporters the Home
Technology Event and Wildwood Public Relations. This year we will
also be supporting the Charity CP Sport, who provide life-changing
sporting opportunities to people with cerebral palsy.
In my role as CEDIA Chair, and owner of an integration company
based in Ireland, I was personally delighted to see CEDIA members
from countries across the Region participating in this year’s
Awards.
Companies from ten different countries have competed in the
scheme this year – Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Italy, the
Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, UAE and the UK - helping to
increase overall award entry numbers by 16% over 2010.
Product Design: Loewe Design/Phoenix Design.
Chair of Judges,
Robert Hallam, is
the CEDIA Region
1 Chairman and a
long time Director at
Dublin-based design
and installation
company, InControl.
Tom Dunmore is the
former editor-in-chief
of Stuff magazine, a
contributor to TV’s
The Gadget Show
and a self-confessed
technoholic.
Jenny Gibbs is the
recent Past President
of the British Institute
of Interior Design
(BIID) and Principal
of the KLC School of
Design.
Steve May is former
Editor in Chief at
Future Publishing
and now a respected
freelance technology
journalist.
Dave Mitchell is the
Technical Director of
the Home Builders
Federation (HBF).
Clare Newsome is
Editor-in-Chief at
leading consumer
title, What Hi FI?
Sound and Vision.
And so, it is my very great pleasure to present to you the winners,
finalists and those highly commended from this year’s CEDIA
Awards 2011.
Robert Hallam,
CEDIA Region 1 Chairman
Luke Tozer is a
Director at awardwinning London
architectural practice,
Pitman Tozer.
The UK’s largest dedicated
custom installation event.
Loewe, Europe’s leading manufacturer of premium televisions, was formed back in 1923
and despite its long history, the German company continues to focus strongly on the future
direction of the home entertainment sector. This year has already seen the opening of
Loewe Galerie Aberdeen – the 11th Loewe Galerie venture in the UK – and before 2011 is
out, Loewe plans to almost double its current UK network of 40 premium custom installers.
To help reach this target, the company
has set up a new dealer accreditation
scheme called Custom Installer
Indirect (CII). This level of accreditation
sits alongside its existing partnerships
and is directed at installers targeting
the premium end of the market.
The Loewe CII programme brings
a guaranteed attractive margin,
plus there is no requirement to take
stock or display materials. Members
also receive brand and installation
induction
training
from
highly
experienced Loewe staff. Factor in a
partnership with a Loewe Galerie for
product ordering, and you’ve got a
comprehensive package of support to
ensure that new starters can hit the
ground running.
The new accreditation scheme would,
of course, be nothing without relevant
products and the Loewe line-up truly
delivers. For starters, when it comes to
‘kerb appeal’ nothing matches Loewe.
The recipient of over 200 international
design awards, Loewe is already
famed across Europe for its minimalist
design screens – still manufactured
in its factory in Kronach, Bavaria –
and the entire line-up offers typically
superb German build-quality using
the finest materials such as brushed
aluminium and real wood.
Loewe, however, is keen to emphasise
that it is (much) more than just a maker
of TV sets. The company passionately
promotes a system approach and its
carefully matched sound and media
products are increasingly well suited
to custom installation requirements.
Features include RS232 connectivity
to enable control of home automation
systems, multiple home networking
and Internet browsing facilities, as
well as an IR repeater.
Loewe product features, though,
must always be of benefit to the end
customer – rather than simply ticking
a box on a technical spec sheet.
One of the company’s core values is
‘meaningful innovation’ hence the
introduction of innovative, yet always
hugely practical, technologies such
as DR+ multi-room streaming. This
enables video streaming from room
to room – a main TV acts as a server,
streaming content via WLAN, LAN,
or Powerline, to another TV set in a
different room in the house. And all
that’s needed to control a Loewe multiroom home is a single, elegant remote
control, the Loewe Assist Media.
The final touches, such as the stunning
Loewe Rack System, are covered
within a vast array of set-up solutions,
too. From perfectly matched colour
finishes to ingenious air circulation
systems, Loewe Racks continue the
maker’s meticulous attention to detail
and ensure a customer’s furniture
exceeds expectations – from both
practical and aesthetic points of view
– when it comes to looking after
precious equipment.
Concluding, Marc Nikolai, Loewe UK
Managing Director, comments, “We
take great pride in ensuring all Loewe
products meet the high standards
that our customers have come to
expect, and we welcome discussions
with custom installers who recognise
the potential of a premium AV brand
where they can earn margin, whilst
also adding value to customer needs.”
Before 2011 is out, Loewe plans to
almost double its current UK network
of 40 premium custom installers.
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BEST MEDIA ROOM
UNDER £15,000 (16,500 EUROS)
BEST MEDIA ROOM
UNDER £15,000 (16,500 EUROS)
WINNER
FINALISTS
Company: Dawsons Group
Project: Integrated Media Room
Dawsons Group
+44 (0)1202 764965
www.dawsonsgroup.com
Company: Adept IS
Project: Hutchinson’s Home
Adept Integrated Systems
+44 (0)845 618 5325
www.adept-is.com
With masses of natural light and views extending to
the garden, discretion was of utmost importance in
this installation. The homeowners had also installed
a custom built fireplace which had to remain the
focal point of the room. This meant the walls and
ceiling were to remain uncluttered by speakers and
table tops were not to be tarnished with accessories.
Adept IS installed Triad in-ceiling speakers to
complement the clean lines of the room; a
customised finish on the Loewe screen ensured the
fireplace retained its prominence and an Apple iPad
with Control 4 App provides control of AV, lighting,
security, CCTV and access control.
Company: Clever Association
Project: Pannal Hall
The harmonious coexistence of system
integration and sharp
interior design aesthetics
was a strict requirement
on this brief. Its
achievement reflected
the close working
relationship Dawsons
Group established with
the interior designers.
For the judges, the result is a “living space that works well with the technology and
is not dominated by it, which is what this category is all about”.
Nothing detracts from the main feature of the room – its fireplace – however, the
client’s expectations demanded a multitude of AV products with switching and
sourcing equipment remaining hidden.
To preserve the integrity of the interior design, Amina in-wall speakers were
installed and although the shape of the room presented major challenges,
Dawsons were able to test and achieve perfectly balanced 5.1 surround sound.
A Crestron Prodigy control system incorporates the Sky HD, Blu-ray, iPod and
lighting onto one intuitive system that operates simply through one Crestron
controller whilst allowing further rooms to become integrated later.
The 42” screen has been subtly recessed, allowing the fireplace its pride of place
and, to meet the demands of family life, Dawsons added an extra Sky box to
increase the flexibility of both this room and the rest of the house.
Clever Association
+44 (0)1423 861166
www.cleverass.com
This project was commissioned halfway through
major home renovations which called for Clever
Association to be ultra-smart, especially when
considering the strict budget and compact space
in this basement room. Yet, the client demanded
a High-Definition movie server, satellite TV and
Nintendo Wii run through a simple interface for
their children, whilst retaining a high focus on sound
quality.
The result astounded the family who regularly stage
family movie nights as well as using the space as a
personal retreat – the tight budget has not affected
the quality of sound and entertainment and its
intuitive programming is accessible for the whole
family.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Wildblood
Macdonald Chartered Architects; Dobson
Construction
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Angela O’Donnell - The Design Service
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BEST MEDIA ROOM
UNDER £15,000 (16,500 EUROS)
FINALISTS
De Opera Domotica
+31 13 5299610
www.deoperadomotica.nl
The required child-friendly and discreet installation
(in keeping with the farmhouse design) has seen
this Dutch integrator create an impressive home
cinema that functions as a stand alone playroom for
the client’s new-born son. When in playroom-mode,
speakers are housed in casings that were tested
to retain sound performance and the clients have
described the seamless integration of the install as
“nearly invisible”.
As a Platinum Sponsor, Philips
Dynalite is delighted to support
the residential custom installation
industry at this year’s CEDIA Awards.
When viewing movies, there is added peace of mind
offered by the “picture in picture” unit that displays
the baby’s room (activated when baby cries) and
the property’s security system to monitor movement
and the intercom.
We are well-known for the high quality of our lighting control
systems which are capable of creating stunning effects at the
touch of a button.
No company is more creative and impressive with the range
of solutions it offers. Available around the globe through our
local distribution partners, Philips Dynalite is making major
strides in the UK thanks to its exclusive CI distribution deal
with award-winning distributor, AWE Europe.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Atelier op Zolder
Company: Imagine This
Project: Family Zone
An ambitious project that would account for the
future requirements of a young family needed to fit
in to the open plan, minimalist design kitchen/living
space, complete with outdoor sections and all on a
“real-world budget”.
Imagine This achieved just that. A Crestron control
system fully integrates the lighting, blinds, AV, HVAC,
surround sound (including three audio-zones, one of
which is outside for summer months) to the space
which, as it also incorporates the kitchen, required
immense flexibility.
The racking, skilfully concealed in the basement,
saves interruption to the minimalist interior, whilst
also allowing for the future integration of more rooms
to the system.
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Company: De Opera Domotica
Project: Kid-Friendly Media Room
Imagine This
+44 (0)845 680 6856
www.imaginethis.uk.com
A Philips Dynalite lighting control system can create the
perfect ambience for each and every room in a property and
incorporates full compatibility with energy efficient LED
lighting. Pre-programmed scenes
can enhance an imaginative lighting
design, providing focus, warmth and
mood to suit different times of day,
uses and ambience requirements.
Meanwhile, easy to use customisable
keypads can be used to control the
system instinctively, as well as in-wall
touch screens and remote controls
too. The soon to be launched Philips
Dynalite Dynamic Touch iPad/iPhone
App provides easy system control via
an Apple device.
As Philips Dynalite solutions become more intelligent and
diverse, we recognise how important it is to provide the
right framework to support, educate and promote the skills
of our custom installation dealers. That’s where the Philips
Dynalite Dimension programme comes in. This programme
offers certification in System Design, Programming and
Installation and is designed to offer dealer training and
accreditation with a comprehensive educational syllabus.
The program provides training modules which cover system
design, product application and the new Dynalite Envision
Project software. The training includes updates for certified
Dimensions programmers and system designers with
ongoing assessments to maintain
certification.
No company is
more creative
and impressive
with the range of
solutions it offers
The Philips Dynalite range of controllers includes
comprehensive options for low energy LED, DMX 1-10v
and Dali lighting systems. LED is a fast growing solution
for residential developments which, when combined with a
Dynalite system, can help deliver impressive energy savings
in the home.
The use of light harvesting with Dynalite control is well
proven in commercial buildings and can also be scaled to help
increase a residential home’s energy efficiency by cutting
lighting and HVAC energy consumption. This encompasses
more than just lighting control as Dynalite can be integrated
to control the heating, security and blinds through the same
system. In fact, just about anything that can be turned ‘on’ or
‘off’ can be controlled by Dynalite.
To be appointed as a Dynalite
Dimension dealer, customers are
required to employ at least one
certified System Designer, although
that person could also be the
certified programmer and installer.
A Dimension dealer can also subcontract to certified Dimension
installers and programmers, if
required.
The market for residential lighting
control is growing fast. Philips Dynalite offers the products,
the software and, thanks to the Philips Dimension Dealer
Programme, a great route for custom installers to take
advantage of the market opportunity and develop their
business in this important market sector.
To be part of the Philips Dynalite Dimension Dealer
Programme and associated marketing efforts, please contact
your Philips Dynalite distributor.
For further information on the Philips Dynalite range
and the Dimension dealer network in the UK, please
visit www.awe-europe.com, call +44 (0)1372 729 995
or email [email protected]
BEST MEDIA ROOM
OVER £15,000 (16,500 EUROS)
BEST MEDIA ROOM
OVER £15,000 (16,500 EUROS)
WINNER
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Company: Grahams Hi-Fi
Project: The Pope’s House
Company: Olive AV
Project: The Art House
Grahams Hi-Fi
+44 (0)20 7226 5500
www.grahams.co.uk
Olive AV | +44 (0)20 8347 8202 | www.olive-av.co.uk
Olive AV is highly commended here for its clinical and clever
installation in this London basement – a multi-functional, clutterfree media room.
The project features in-wall and ceiling speakers to complement
the visual impact of the 85” screen. The client has commented on
how the clarity of screen coupled with the top-notch sound creates
a “real sense of being there” and the judges agreed stating, “The
sound system and integration is amazing!”
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : 23 Architecture; Oliver Lane Fox
FINALISTS
Company: Elytronic
Project: City Centre Penthouse
Elytronic | +357 22 760816 | www.elytronic.net
With the brief requiring one “as-big-as-possible” flat screen TV and
one “two-metre-or-more” projector screen, Elytronic’s integration
skills were really put to the test.
The views from this
beautiful home are
stunning and the full
length glass windows
extend the room into
the scenery beyond.
As a result, this installation called for the utmost respect to be paid to both the
nature outside and strong design aesthetics within.
Grahams triumphed in achieving the brief. When the projector screen is stored,
the room appears completely media free. Hardware is located in the main AV
hub away from the bedroom itself. This allowed for the full integration of the
bedroom on to the same system that controls the heating and ventilation, saving
valued space in the room and achieves the absence of any visual impact from the
technology.
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Company: Sensory International
Project: The Playroom
As a bonus, the video feeds from the CCTV and front door cameras were added
to the system which successfully delivers HDMI from both a Sky HD receiver and a
Kaleidescape server. The silent motor in the screen and perfectly judged angle of
the projector (stored in the dressing room to mask any noise) complete the project
which the judges loved for its subtle blend of design and technology.
Sensory International | +44 (0)1625 505720 | sensoryinternational.com
“A beautiful bedroom which doubles as a completely concealed media room –
incredible integration. Every bedroom should be like this one!”
Ensuring both snooker and cinema could operate simultaneously
was of primary importance and a custom piece of furniture bisects
the room like a protective smokescreen to completely disguise the
cinema when not in use.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Gregory Phillips Architects
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The 60” flat panel screen was adapted into the marble feature
and recessed, with further discretion maintained thanks to a Chief
projector lift fitted to the false ceiling. The client’s extensive music
collection called for a flawless sound system and that’s exactly
what they got!
Sensory International was presented with a big break when given
carte blanche in specifying what would work best for this custombuilt entertainment room.
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BEST HOME CINEMA
UNDER £40,000 (44,000 EUROS)
BEST HOME CINEMA
UNDER £40,000 (44,000 EUROS)
WINNER
FINALIST
Company: The Big Picture
Project: The Junk Room
The Big Picture
+44 (0)1922 623000
www.getthebigpicture.co.uk
Company: Dawsons Group
Project: Loft Space Cinema
Dawsons Group
+44 (0)1202 764965
www.dawsonsgroup.com
The brief was simple; to provide an easy to use home cinema
system that would fit within the parameters of the loft space
available.
However, due to the shape of the space, the size and viewing
distance of the screen and projector had to be carefully considered.
Dawsons Group selected an 80” Screen Research Clearpix 3
Acoustic Transparent Screen and a Runco LS5 ceiling mounted
projector to ensure premium viewing.
The system also included a PS3, Sky HD, and a Kaleidescape Mini
System all controlled via Crestron Prodigy.
A motorised staircase, controlled by a Crestron PTL-4, was fitted to
allow access to the cinema. The panel was programmed with PIN
protection to ensure only authorised access to the hidden cinema!
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The Big Picture’s Junk Room impressed the judges as a project which created an
“unrivalled cinema experience on a tight budget”.
The client, a big movie fan, wanted to transform his double garage, currently used
as a junk room into a dedicated home cinema. The Big Picture utilised as much
of the client’s current equipment as possible, which included Lutron hardware, a
projector, an amp and Blu-ray player.
The project’s design features a room within a room to achieve better insulation,
acoustic properties and the sense of an old world cinema, far away from the reality
of the outside world. The set-up includes a custom-made, acoustically transparent
2.9m screen, with left, centre and right B&W speakers placed behind the screen.
The audio system comprises 94Db sensitive speakers (the most efficient within
budgetary constraints), two 12” Velodyne subwoofers and rear speakers. Hidden
floor boxes were placed either side of the sofa to allow for internet, video and audio
connection into the system.
But it’s the delighted client who offers the final verdict on this value for money
installation, “They delivered way beyond our remit and expectations.”
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Maze Builders
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BEST HOME CINEMA
£40,000 - £100,000 (44,000 - 110,000 EUROS)
BEST HOME CINEMA
£40,000 - £100,000 (44,000 - 110,000 EUROS)
WINNER
FINALISTS
Company: Prestige Audio
Project: Northwood Home Cinema
Prestige Audio
+44 (0)1923 801400
www.prestigeaudio.co.uk
Company: FAB Audio Visual
Project: Lofty Ambitions
FAB Audio Visual
+44 (0)1727 226121
www.fabav.co.uk
This film buff was seeking an installer to help convert
his semi-detached loft into a dedicated home
cinema, with great sound, but offering no disruption
to neighbours or the bedroom below.
FAB’s main issue was fitting a state-of-the-art sound
system and then soundproofing it. Coming well
within the budget range for the project, they fixed
a stud-wall shell which was filled with both green
glue and recycled car tyres in addition to a floating
floor which effectively contained the amazing 7.1
surround sound supplied by Klipsch speakers and
four subwoofers.
The triumphant, triangular home cinema delivers a
mighty sound capable of hitting 109dB – all without
a single complaint from the neighbours.
Company: Definitions
Project: Sporting Life
“A true re-creation of a
cinematic experience
in the home” was the
judges’ verdict on this
stunning home cinema.
With its scarlet red
interior, the scene is set
for an authentic home
theatre with wow factor.
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A single Crestron TPS-6X controls all functions of the room, including lighting
scenes, AC and cinema functions, which are laid out in a simple, easy-to-use design
for intuitive use by all family members young and old.
HD projection is via a Runco VX-3000 projector, complete with a Cinewide lens.
This was coupled with a 120” flat-masking screen, an essential aspect to ensure
the client could watch his favourite TV viewing of Bollywood productions, which are
currently in 16:9.
Audio is delivered by two Procella subwoofers and seven Procella speakers all
powered by Sherbourn amplification.
Since project completion in December 2010, Prestige Audio was informed that the
client has already filled the storage capacity of his movie server – so it’s a cinema
that is certainly proving a hit with its owners!
Definitions
+44 (0)1484 713996
www.definitions.uk.com
Coming in during this conversion project, Definitions
were mindful of a challenging space where their
input into the design was limited.
A 110” screen and five electrically-reclining chairs
help create an authentic cinema experience. The
space was manipulated with black-out blinds, the
removal of a window and a re-used frame truss to
tease out this accomplished cinema project that also
includes music, HD Sky and gaming capabilities.
The client reported over 500 hours of use over
the Christmas period and described the system’s
performance as “rock solid.” The added provision
of discreet wiring and conduit meant Definitions
were able to add an Xbox and Kinect interface with
minimal fuss, still keeping plenty of scope for further
additions and future technologies.
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BEST HOME CINEMA
OVER £100,000 (110,000 EUROS)
BEST HOME CINEMA
OVER £100,000 (110,000 EUROS)
WINNER
FINALISTS
Company: FAB Audio Visual
Project: Arabian Nights
Company: Dawsons Group
Project: Country Home Cinema
FAB Audio Visual
+ 44 (0)1727 226121
www.fabav.co.uk
Dawsons Group
+44 (0)1202 764965
www.dawsonsgroup.com
Dawsons Group was asked to design a home cinema
the rivalled that of their own showroom cinema on
this project.
With a house packed full of equipment, the system
has been programmed so that the user is able to
see which devices are currently being used around
the rest of the house. This ensures that there is no
conflict between the cinema and the rest of the
property. If a family member is watching a film from
the Kaleidescape server, the player is highlighted
on the Crestron TPS-6X that it is in use, the system
will allow you to watch that same player but, as the
second user, you will not have any control over it.
Image supplied by Trevor Burton
With a sound system featuring seven Meridian
speakers and a Vidikron projector, this cinema is
simply great.
FAB Audio Visual’
Arabian Nights project
was a clear winner
thanks to its “amazing
sound system”.
The judges praised the room’s 7.1 surround sound system, complete with two
Genelec HTS4B floor level subwoofers and two Genelec A1W312 active hidden
monitors, concealed either side of the 120” screen. The Screen Excellence
acoustically transparent screen also conceals the HT312 centre speaker. The home
cinema boasts a total of six Genelec A1Q25 active mounted speakers completing
the crystal clear surround sound.
At the heart of the audio system sits an Onkyo SC886 processor and a Dolby Lake
sound equalizer, usually found in large live music venues. A single Crestron touch
panel controls the entire home cinema’s automation. As soon as a video source
is selected, the projector and amplification turn on and the lights dim, giving
spectators a real cinematic experience.
Company: Sphere Custom
Project: House Khoury
Sphere Custom
+27 82 903 4344
www.spherecustom.com
Sphere Custom delivered a home cinema system to
meet the needs of a ‘movie-holic’ client who wasn’t
‘super in touch with technology’.
One of the highlights of this project is that it features
one of, if not the, largest cinemascope screens in
residential cinemas in Southern Africa standing at 4.2
metre wide. The cinema, which incorporates a unique
5000 piece star ceiling, has an Artcoustic Spitfire
Sound system, an Integra DHC80.3 processor and a
high quality Cambridge Audio multi-region, multizone Blu-ray player.
This elegant cinema blew the homeowners away
exceeding all their expectations of the project.
The client has a choice to source viewing material including a range of videos
sources from a Kaleidescape player, 3U video and Sky HD+.
A Digital Projection Titan 1080p DLP projector and ISCO 3 anamorphic lens and
lens carriage create the perfect image. To ensure the client was not disturbed by
any unnecessary noise, the projector is housed in a mechanically ventilated box in
the ceiling void of the next door room.
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BEST INTEGRATED HOME
UNDER £30,000 (33,000 EUROS)
BEST INTEGRATED HOME
UNDER £30,000 (33,000 EUROS)
WINNER
FINALISTS
Company: Elytronic
Project: Hi-Tech Renovation
Elytronic
+357 22 760816
www.elytronic.net
Company: Dawsons Group
Project: Integrated Multi Room System
Dawsons Group
+44 (0)1202 764965
www.dawsonsgroup.com
This installation is a great example of how system
integration can work as part of the design scheme.
The brief required AV distribution to the
conservatory, kitchen, living and dining room with
lighting controls for the hallway, living and dining
rooms.
To preserve the interior design Dawsons wanted to
remove as many products from show as possible and
opted for in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for the AV
zones and stored future-proofed AV racking in the
garage.
A 46” plasma in the living room was recessed in
keeping with lines of the fireplace whilst flush wall
keypads match the colour schemes in each room.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM :
Angela O’Donnell – The Design Service
Company: Clever Association
Project: Pannal Hall
An integrated system
for this modern,
recently renovated
home, incorporating
multi-room audio and
video distribution,
a dedicated media
room, lighting, blind
and air-conditioning
control presented major
integration challenges
for Elytronic.
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Wireless technology and IR control featured prominently in the company’s discreet
and effective solution, which, according to the judges, “simply looks fantastic”.
An RTI control system, including three RTI RP6 processors and four RTI T2-C
remotes placed in the house’s main areas has been carefully integrated with
a RAKO wireless lighting and blind control system, chosen for its versatility and
ease of installation. A total of 38 circuits and twelve blinds have been integrated
using RAKO wireless dimmers and motor controls. RAKO modules are thoughtfully
positioned behind removable spotlights and existing A/C panels to ensure
serviceability and easy access.
High definition video distribution is accomplished thanks to an AMX Precis LT
8x8 matrix which switches to a total of four TV points, in the kitchen, the master
bedroom, the living room and, finally, the living room home cinema projector.
This projector is mounted on a Future Automation lift, while a 3.00m Screenline
in-ceiling screen also features in the media room to avoid compromising interior
aesthetics. All cables, meanwhile, have been managed to eliminate stressing when
a screen rotates on its table stand or wall mount. A Sonos six zone multi-room
audio system integrates with a NAS drive, hosting the client’s own music library,
together with on-line music services and internet radio whilst the split system airconditioning is IR controlled via the RTI remotes. A worthy, value for money winner!
Clever Association
+44 (0) 1423 861166
www.cleverass.com
Clever Association fulfilled the client’s brief without
compromising the stature and feel of this striking
period property.
The client’s technological demands were modest but
they were keen to ensure that provisions were made
for future upgrades. Resilient cabling infrastructures
were laid so the stand alone systems in the house
could be integrated or improved at a later date.
The result includes separate audio zones, Macbased entertainment systems to work with existing
hardware and a designated media room in the
basement. This technology combines with a secure
entry system for the family and is achieved with the
greatest respect for the history of the property.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Wildblood
Macdonald Chartered Architects; Dobson
Construction
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BEST INTEGRATED HOME
£30,000 - £100,000 (33,000 - 110,000 EUROS)
BEST INTEGRATED HOME
£30,000 - £100,000 (33,000 - 110,000 EUROS)
WINNER
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Company: SMC
Project: Chelsea Family Home
SMC
+44 (0)20 7819 1700
www.smc-uk.com
Company: De Opera Domotica
Project: Modern Home
De Opera Domotica
+31 13 5299610
www.deoperadomotica.nl
This impressively presented family home needed the
addition of AV, IT, telephony, lighting and security
to integrate on to a Crestron control solution and
exist as close to invisible as possible. This meant an
early and close working relationship with the interior
designers. The system also had to be easy to use for
the benefit of the client’s young children.
The operation of the entire system works through an
intuitively programmed combination of two iPads
and the control interfaces, both wall mounted and
wireless. A sense of invisible speakers was achieved
through the netting that was tested for its audio
performance and then rolled out across the projector
housing and air conditioning outlets to ensure
continuity. Both the pool and bar area are stunning
with an array of high-end audio and video features
that make it hugely versatile without ever having to
compromise performance.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : SKIN architects;
Duit 4; Boxtel
FINALIST
SMC provided an
incredibly flexible and
technically impressive
installation for this
family home in Chelsea.
The owners commissioned the company to add more value to their house which
they had recently put on the market. With this in mind the system required huge
versatility and the audio platform installed works to create ambience during house
viewings while also being suitable for new occupants.
Included in the integration is a dedicated media room and the further integration
of the lighting controls and HVAC meant that the property never looked like a show
home but instead radiated a homely charm.
Given the target market, a strong emphasis was placed on security and the CCTV is
viewable through both the television and AMX touchscreens in the property. There
is a secure video entry system, again, operated through the AMX system for both
the front and rear of the home.
As the soon-to-be owner of the property was an unknown, SMC laid CAT5 cabling
for HD and Ethernet connectivity allowing complete freedom of choice in their
home entertainment needs.
Company: Elytronic
Project: City Centre Penthouse
Elytronic
Tel: +357 22 760816
www.elytronic.net
This Cypriot penthouse features a fully integrated
whole-home solution.
The eight designated zones of audio extend through
the master suites and guest rooms with the added
detail of the bedrooms and en-suites having their
own zone. Every aspect of the integration sits on
the Control 4 server and the client can adjust any of
the AV facilities as well as the heating and lighting
controls from the in-house screens or access the
system from anywhere on the planet through either
his iPhone or by logging on to any PC and accessing
his Control 4 programme.
The integrated control was very important to the client who has received positive
feedback from the selling agent who sees definite added value to the property.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Wilkinson King Architects; Longcroft Developments
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BEST INTEGRATED HOME
OVER £100,000 (110,000 EUROS)
BEST INTEGRATED HOME
OVER £100,000 (110,000 EUROS)
WINNER
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Company: Henri Intégrateur Domotique
Project: Villa des Amis
Henri Intégrateur Domotique
+33 143 28 56 14
www.henri.fr
Company: Federal Technologies
Project: Private Villa
Federal Technologies
+971 2 448 1415
www.fedtec.net
This client was very clear in the brief for a luxury villa
in Abu Dhabi. It was to “represent the very best in
opulence.”
Federal Technologies rose to the occasion, with
a whole-home solution including state-of-theart communications, security, comfort and
entertainment whilst hiding speakers from view and
ensuring the control was both intuitive for family,
guests and staff to use. It’s an impressive smart
home which still functions as a family space for the
client, his young children and elderly parents.
For the judges, “Federal Technologies went that
extra mile to please the client. It’s a great example
of integrating technology to fit into the family’s life
and not the other way around.”
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : RW Amstrong
Architects; Denniston Interior Design; ALDAR
Properties PJSC
FINALISTS
Described by the judges
as “architecturally the
top of this category”,
“simply beautiful” and
“somewhere we all
dream of living”, this
amazing family retreat
operates as a holiday
home for the client but
also as an important
social space for regular
guests and extended
family members.
With this in mind, the house needed to be suitable for entertaining as well as
retaining a homely feel. As a holiday home, a robust security system was also a
must to ensure full protection when empty.
Henri designed, integrated and installed an expansive, integrated custom
installation, featuring lighting, whole home audio, video, security, and control of all
electronic devices, extending across all four floors of the property.
It is in the communal areas where the family enjoy the full scope of the technology
installed. This has been purposely orchestrated to bring the family and guests
together to enjoy these spaces and each other’s company to the full.
In keeping with the visual integrity of the property, the touchscreens for system
operation are coherent from room to room and sit near doorways and windows to
avoid any conflict with the home’s impressive décor.
Underground lies a leisure area: a gym, a pool, a stunning home cinema, a small
library, a video collection, a gaming room, and a wine cellar with its own bar.
The pool and Turkish bath area is fitted with biometric access to avoid children
entering without supervision and the entire security system is accessible from any
location via the internet. As a bonus, Henri added energy saving devices to the
racking as well as an advanced cabling system for further integration and upgrades.
Company: Grahams Hi-Fi
Project: The Pope’s House
Grahams Hi-Fi
+44 (0)20 7226 5500
www.grahams.co.uk
The architect of this new build property had worked
with Grahams previously and knew they would be
able to deliver on the client’s requirement for full
21st century technology with any bonus ideas that
Grahams may have.
Grahams favoured a combination of Crestron and
Lutron processors and Crestron touchscreens linking
the system and taking care of its operation. One of
the “ideas” the judges liked was the kitting out of
the panic room to include the full entertainment
system, backup power supply and a separate, direct
phone line.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Gregory Phillips
Architects
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : DP Agence
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BEST INTEGRATED HOME
OVER £100,000 (110,000 EUROS)
BEST INNOVATIVE SOLUTION RESIDENTIAL
FINALISTS
WINNER
Company: i-Life Solutions
Project: Brantingham Family Home
i-Life Solutions
+44 (0)1727 758888
www.ilifesolutions.co.uk
Company: MR Domotica
Project: Custom Built Motorised Hidden TV
MR Domotica
+31 1531 00001
www.mr-engineering.nl
i-Life Solutions has created a fully automated home
delivering reliable, fully integrated, seamless control
of all the AV, lighting and HVAC with impressive
future proofing capability.
Taking in to consideration the sheer scale of the
20,000 sq ft project, i-Life has used technology
to help make the property feel homely and, most
importantly make control of all the equipment easy.
Two basement plant rooms house the vast majority
of AV source equipment. In the rooms themselves,
in wall iPod docks and touch panels, ceiling speakers
and Artcoustic speakers provide discreet, barely
visible technology points.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Buro Happold;
Wildblood Macdonald Chartered Architects; Modus
Interiors
Company: SMC
Project: Elysium House
SMC has answered the brief for a huge home that
allows for great entertainment, as well as providing a
safe and secure environment for family and friends.
Music from multiple sources plays throughout the
house and garden and, for this music lover, can be
played at extreme volume!
SMC’s scheme provides AV distribution to over 50
rooms all of which can play individually or linked
together in a number of party zones. This stunning
property features AV, lighting, HVAC and access
control, all integrated via touchscreens.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Dionysus
Development Ltd
SMC
+44 (0)20 7819 1700
www.smc-uk.com
Quite often, if you
want something done
right you have to do
it yourself and in the
absence of a suitable
solution MR Domotica
did just that.
The clients requested a television to be installed to the kitchen that could not be
seen when dormant and during use would need to rotate to face all areas of the
kitchen – a span of 270 degrees.
MR Domotica searched for suitable products but decided that a custom design
would realise the only true solution. They combined three motors into one effective
mechanism: one motor to open the door, one to bring the TV from inside the wall
and one to facilitate rotation.
What really impressed the judges was not just the bespoke solution but its finer
details. The installers factored for upgrades and the mechanism will accommodate
a variety of screens if the current one is ever changed. It will also complete its
action with quick and quiet efficiency and was tested continuously for a week in the
workshop before being installed to the home.
The solution works seamlessly with the design of the kitchen - an extension rather
than a bolted on addition and the client’s praise is as sleek and effective as the
design itself, “WOW!”
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BEST MULTIPLE SCHEME
FOR A PROPERTY DEVELOPER
WINNER
Company: SMC
Project: The Lancasters
This London terrace had
fallen into dilapidation
and drew upon the skill
of architects, developers
and interior designers to
bring the development
back in line with its
Grade II listed status.
SMC
+44 (0)20 7819 1700
www.smc-uk.com
The plan was to create a unique fusion of traditional architecture and cutting edge
design. Integrated technology was identified as significant in achieving this result
and SMC has delivered AV, HVAC, lighting, shading, CCTV, security, door-entry and
concierge communication, without detracting from the architectural splendour
of the original features.To limit the impact on the interior design scheme, SMC
decided on IP-networkable digital systems throughout. The company worked with
Crestron to produce a custom made 4” voice-over IP touchpanel compatible with
the IP-network routing.
Each apartment has been wired for sound throughout with keypads in place for
volume control and source switching. The lighting schemes are unique to each
apartment and the whole-home pre-sets vary depending on the location with all
South-facing apartments having integrated shading options too.
A collaborative project involving Crestron and BPT’s development teams produced
a bespoke VOIP video entry system and further bespoke solutions were provided by
Lutron who supplied a touchpanel designed around the interior colour schemes to
control the lighting, HVAC, shading, AV switching, sourcing and volume. The result
sees 77 homes combine a seamless blend of mid-19th century period architecture
and bespoke smarthome solutions with which the client is delighted.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Northacre
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BEST MARINE INSTALLATION
BEST MARINE INSTALLATION
WINNER
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Company: Sensory International
Project: MY CLOUD 9
Company: Dawsons Group
Project: MY Chiqui
Sensory International
+44 (0)1625 505720
www.sensoryinternational.com
Dawsons Group | +44 (0)1202 764965 | www.dawsonsgroup.com
A gorgeous and intimate yacht with great entertainment
integration, this project proved a major upgrade challenge for
Dawsons.
The client had decided to improve the existing AV spec to include
a DVD and Blu-ray server integrated to every screen in the yacht
and working from a single platform. External speakers were also
upgraded to bring them in-line with the quality of the new system
and the boat became fit for show.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Sunseeker International
FINALISTS
Company: Dawsons Group
Project: MY Natasha
Dawsons Group | +44 (0)1202 764965 | www.dawsonsgroup.com
The jaw-dropping
technical installation
here is every bit as
enthralling as the visual
spectacle of this yacht.
The judges applauded
Sensory International’s
“ability to tease out
full performance
from every aspect
of the equipment’s
specifications”.
Every major area and cabin is supplied with cabling to effectively deliver the onboard media, whilst laying the provisions for future technologies. Each cabin enjoys
its own HD satellite receiver, iPod docking and AV switching and amplification as
well as movie servers.
A Kaleidescape server facilitates four independent feeds for the shared areas onboard and in “party” mode guests can set a single source to play throughout the
yacht. In the Sky Lounge a 90” projector screen extends from a motorised seating
section and when taken back is completely hidden from view.
This Dawsons project features a main saloon that houses a hidden
plasma screen controlled via a Beo4 remote with a further Beo5
remote controlling all other on-board entertainment systems on the
yacht. Other sources in the saloon include a Kaleidescape movie
server, Sky HD and PS3 capabilities which are effortlessly operated
via the Masterlink gateway.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Sunseeker International
Company: Studio LGL
Project: Yacht 1
Studio LGL | [email protected] | www.studiolgl.it
The discretion required from the interior design is maintained throughout with
artwork masking the display screen in the master cabin and in the main saloon
a lift-and-swivel mechanism extends and retracts the display from behind the
seating.
The success of this project is best reflected when considering that Cloud 9 is the
second commissioned project in this line and the third is now underway, having
been identified as the standard specification by the shipyard for future builds.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : CMN Yachts; Andrew Winch Designs
This project includes a huge selection of equipment and gadgetry
but what the judges really appreciated was the attention to detail the day-to-day practicalities of performance and reliability.
Studio LGL were fixed on balancing high-end quality with cost and
ease-of-use. This was achieved through high quality entertainment
integration and sensitively programmed control interfaces which
dealt effectively with both performance and usability concerns.
■ DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : Domosystems Engineering Srl
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BEST DRESSED RACK
BEST DRESSED RACK
WINNER
FINALIST
Company: Lewis Building Technology
Project: Integrated Home Automation & Security
Lewis Building Technology
+44 (0)1865 782424
www.lewisbt.co.uk
Company: Adept IS
Project: Hutchinson’s Home
Adept Integrated Systems
+44 (0)845 618 5325
www.adept-is.com
The Adept IS rack on this family home project demonstrates
high standards of installation skill, care and attention to detail,
according to the judges.
The rack is home to a vast array of equipment. This includes a
Russound whole home audio system, a Rotel Power Amplifier and
AV Processor, a Control 4 system and iPod Docking Station on a
Custom Made Base, a Neo Pro Gillespie 8X16 Digital and L&R
Analog Audio Matrix Switcher, a Neo Pro Delano 8X16 Component
Matrix, a DF Solutions Base Media Server, a Loewe Blu-ray player,
Sky+ and Sky HD receivers, a Denon TU1800DAB Digital Tuner and
Apple TV.
This rack is located in
the loft plant room of
a home where all audiovisual, data, security
and lighting is centrally
managed.
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It supports an installation involving an incredible 26km of Category 6 structured
data cable which distributes and controls the entire system with the exception of
analogue speakers.
The loft space is restricted by the roof pitch so the rack uses four adjacent 24U
19” cabinets. The two central cabinets are 800mm wide providing vertical and
horizontal cable management to all racks.
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receivers, an HDMi matrix, two AMX audio matrices, structured data patch panels,
incoming broadband and telephone, PoE network switcher, connections to AV
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It takes time and effort to enter the CEDIA Awards and we would like to thank all those
who have taken part. We would like to extend our congratulations to everyone who has
been involved in the scheme; they are collectively responsible for raising the bar, both
in terms of the standard of submissions and expectations of what can be achieved. The
competition this year was truly more intense than ever.
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LairdKing
Lewis Building Technology
AV Custom Install
Beeld en Klankstudio Van Havere nr
Brilliant Living
Il Satellite
Olive AV
Prestige Audio
CAI Vision
Cinema Architects
Clever Association
Prestige Audio
Progressive AV
Projection Dreams
CSO
Dawsons Group
Dawsons Group
Redlight Installation
Sensory International
Sensory International
De Opera Domotica
Finite Solutions
Futro Systems
Sensory International
Smartcomm
Smartcomm
Futro Systems
Grahams Hi-Fi
i-Life Solutions
Smartcomm
SMC
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