EVEN though home theaters are often dark, there is that moment when the movie stops, or is paused, and some light is needed. But what kind of light?
If you are lucky enough to have a home theater, most of us would be happy with a projector, surround sound and perhaps a comfy sofa or two. Not so for these homeowners.
Pentagram Architects partner James Biber has designed this home theater in Montauk New York, taking inspiration from Radio City Music Hall and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The theater has a series of round arches, which house 600 five-watt dimmer-controlled light bulbs that provide a soft ambient light for when you need to find that elusive remote control. And as in the Music Hall, the lights are positioned to glow away from the viewers – because we all hate to have lights in our eyes when watching the big screen.
The home theater, which takes up 350 square feet in a 1,500-square-foot basement, had to have soundproofing and dimmable lights, and the client wanted seating on the floor.
Biber has designed the theater to function like a TV room, in that it is comfortable and intimate enough for a romantic night in with a bottle of red and a Hugh Grant movie, but can also easily accommodate up to ten people to watch the big game, or perhaps a slumber party with the girls.
Once Mr. Biber designed the shape of the theater, with telescoping rectangles that become larger in size the closer they are to the screen, he installed the lamps: 600 low voltage five-watt frosted xenon lamps from Radiant Lighting Solutions, attached to strips. The lights are sold as a system (strip, connectors and bulbs, but not the transformer) at $32 per linear foot.
All of the surfaces in the room are covered in orange felt to help with the acoustics, and seating on the floor has been taken care of by Edelman Leather who custom made the beanbags.
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