A (MEDIA) FULL HOUSE FOR CASA FONTELA BY WSDG
Interior Design - High-End Home Theater AND “Invisible Acoustics”
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: A recently completed luxury home in BA’s upscale Cañuelas suburb, reflects the advantages of engaging a single creative entity to develop the entire unified interior design for a new family home. As co-partners in WSDG -Walters-Storyk Design Group, a leading international architectural, acoustics and system design firm, Silvia and Sergio Molho benefit from years of experience in developing high-end professional audio video production studios and home theaters. As friends of the client, they had the additional advantage of deep insights into the homeowners’ aesthetic tastes.
When construction of the 3000 sq. ft. dream home began, Silvia Molho initiated an intensive interior design program to develop a custom furniture and lighting scheme, and an appropriate color palette. Simultaneously, Sergio Molho, a skilled acoustician and technology guru, focused his efforts on developing an acoustic modeling scheme to insure the optimal combination of Surround Sound and video technology, and, interior acoustics to provide the home theater with the finest viewing/listening experience.
Suspended from the center of a triple recessed oval in the double height ceiling above the ‘great room’ entranceway is a singular chandelier. Adorned with fifty-eight individual crystal beaded strands of color programmable LEDs, the iconic fixture provides the template for a series of smaller lighting units, which adorn the dining room and home theater. A dramatic mahogany and glass staircase leads to the balcony game/room; two bedrooms (with custom designed furniture), and two en suite bathrooms. Designed to provide maximum creature comfort and total ease of maintenance the home immediately earned the appreciation of the owners and their guests.
Ms. Molho devised a custom Zebrawood furniture ensemble for the loft-like kitchen, dining room, and living room/home theater, including a handsome sideboard/buffet/bar. A pair of telescoping, mahogany doors, establish a dramatic two-way acoustic isolation barrier to inhibit sound leakage into (and out of) the home theater.
“We developed a series of six audio distribution zones throughout the home and pool area,” Sergio Molho reports. “In addition to the main Focal Chorus 716 speakers fitted into the home theater technology cabinet, (how many?) “invisible” Stealth Acoustics Surround Sound speakers were imbedded into the ceilings of the kitchen, dining room and upstairs bedrooms. A sophisticated Crestron system was programmed to control the home theater’s audio video components, and to distribute music and control the lighting and HVAC throughout the entire home. A (name) projector mounted in the ceiling of the balcony game room, is positioned to project high res video (fed from the home theater) on the (size? motorized screen?) above the dining room table. Every creature comfort and contemporary technical advancement has been incorporated into this stunning ultra-modern home,” Molho says.
“WSDG has offices in New York, California, Florida, Basel Switzerland, Brazil and Argentina, and a team of over fifty architects, acousticians, and project managers,” he adds. “Each office contributes to our collaborative assignments, providing renderings, system integration, project management and a host of related skills and services. This project was unique, however, because of our social connection to the clients. They trusted us to come up with the most attractive, performance enhancing and cost effective solutions to their technical and personal comfort requirements, and they were very forthcoming with realistic budget parameters. With these guidelines we were able to deliver exactly what they envisioned and at a price point that they were comfortable with.”
- Casa Fontela home theater
- Great Room view towards dining area and Home Theater (right)
- Dining area view towards kitchen
- Home Theater with sliding doors closed
- Balcony game room with ceiling mounted Panasonic projector
Photographer: Alejandro Zold
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WSDG, a media facility design and consulting firm has collaborated on over 3500 audio /video facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios (1969); NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and, Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU, The Art Institutes and Berklee College of Music, Valencia and Boston (2015 TEC winner); and media rooms for such corporate clients as Hoffman La Roche, Cemex, and Sony. Studio projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios for award winning engineer, Ann Mincieli, Green Day (CA), Jay-Z (NY), film composers Carter Burwell (NY), A.R. Rahman (India), Aerosmith (Boston), Bruce Springsteen (NJ), Alicia Keys (NY), and Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios (London).WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, Sergio Molho, Silvia Molho, Renato Cipriano, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Phillipe Stark. WSDG is an eleven-time winner of the NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in New York, Miami, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Basel (Switzerland) with representatives in Barcelona (Spain), Moscow, Guangzhou (China), Florence (Italy), Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.