A garage unit transformed into a multi-purpose media room designed as an entertainment hub and golfer’s paradise.
A smart home is more than a combination of lighting, AV, climate control, and security. It is the place where technology experiences happen that are unique to every user. In the case of this garage in Reykjavik, Iceland, that unforgettable experience comes in the form of an entertainment hub for the entire family, including a golf simulator, home theatre, and game room. Instead of a car owner's paradise, the owner and architect re-envisioned the traditional garage as a space where the entire family could enjoy the space.
Featuring a Foresight GCHawk golf simulator, Optoma UHZ65 projector, integrated Lutron lighting control, Savant home automation, TDG Audio surround-sound, and TSP-created custom LED fixtures, this garage unit became more than just a place to practice your swing. It became a multi-purpose media room designed for the owner’s entire family to enjoy. Everything from movie nights to intense ping-pong matches (the owner is an avid player himself) happens in this fully-integrated space.
Designing a Media Room for an Unused Space
“At first, we didn’t know what we were going to do with the space. Once we finally settled on something and had the architect do some drawings, it became clear that TSP was the best fit for this project.” - Owner.
To a car enthusiast like Paul Hollywood or David Beckham, a 2,100 square foot garage would be a dream location to store some of the nicest cars in their collection. For the owner of this unit, the garage was an everyday space with untapped potential. The architect, Bjorn Skaptason, and TSP Smart Spaces were faced with the challenge of creating a space that highlighted the owner’s passions while at the same time followed the same design narrative as his penthouse apartment, declared the “Best Apartment in Iceland” in 2015 by Icelandic Magazine Hús Og Híbýli.
An Immersive Golfing Experience
What resulted from this challenge is a garage unit that is anything but your typical garage. TSP Smart Spaces and their nordic-based team Nordic Smart Spaces collaborated with architect Björn Skaptason to bring the same modern aesthetics and attention to detail to the garage unit as seen in the stunning apartment many stories above.
The CGHawk golf simulator was a keystone piece of technology in the space, allowing the owner to enjoy his biggest passion, even in Iceland’s frigid winters. The advanced object-tracking capabilities and stunning 4k resolution provide an immersive experience to practice your swing while envisioning yourself at world-famous golf courses such as Pebble Beach or St. Andrews. Adding to the immersive experience is an Optoma UHZ65 High-Definition projector that provides a stunning 4K resolution and delivers breathtaking picture quality with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
To complete the scene, TSP Smart Spaces brought TDG Audio to the space with 6 in-wall LCR speakers and a Skybar LCR architectural soundbar. These surround sound speakers pair with an Arcam AVR390 receiver, which provides DIRAC acoustic calibration, perfecting the sound for any space using a patented measurement technique.With total visual and audio immersion, you really feel like you’re hitting the links on a bright sunny day in the comfort of your own home.
A Media Room Design that brings Complete Automation
Beyond the ability to golf any time of the year, the garage space also provides fully-automated scenes for any situation. At the touch of a button, the lighting dims, and the projector shifts to cinema mode, allowing the entire family to enjoy a movie night together. A simple voice command shifts the lights to full brightness when the owner rolls out the game table for a rousing game of ping pong (another hobby the entire family enjoys together.)
A Lutron Homeworks QS system serves as the backbone for the space’s integrated controls, which features customized Palladiom keypads, Savant automation controls, and Wever & Ducre LED lighting. By seamlessly integrating all of these products into an integrated control system, TSP Smart Spaces was able to repurpose this garage space into an enjoyable and flexible area where technology and modern design meet.
Custom-Designed Light Fixtures for Seamless Design Integration
While the space still has the capacity to function as a garage if need be, TSP Smart Spaces worked to incorporate a luxurious elegance to the area and maintain practicality at the same time. To reinforce the media room design narrative Björn Skaptason brought to the garage, TSP Smart Spaces used personalized products from Lutron, Savant, and Wever & Ducre, ane even created custom light fixtures.
TSP Smart Spaces and Nordic Smart Spaces engineer Kristjan Himarsson worked directly with the finish carpenter to create 20 custom light fixtures that integrated with the design narrative while providing the integrated lighting needed for the space. These fixtures matched the ceiling color and incorporated LED strips, providing a customization level not traditionally seen in smart homes.
“It’s really the best looking garage you’ve ever seen. It’s not even just a garage, it’s a 2,000 square-foot man cave. My family are avid golfers, and ping pong is one of my favorite activities. We also have access to television, so it’s actually turned into a space that a lot of people are enjoying.” - Owner.
1 - Foresight GCHawk Golf Simulator
1 - Lutron Homeworks QS system for integrated control throughout the space
7 - Lutron Customized Palladiom Keypads in colors to match various finishes (2-button)
1- Lutron Occupancy sensor for automated control
2 - Savant 4K UHD Video Output IP Receiver for advanced video processing
2 - Savant Pro Remotes to control lighting and AV
31 - Wever & Ducre LED lights
6 - TDG Audio In-Wall LCR Speakers
1 - TDG Skybar LCR Architectural Soundbar
1 - Amina ALF120 Invisible Subwoofer
1- Optoma UHZ65 4K Ultra High-Definition Projector
1 - Arcam AVR390 AV Receiver
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TSP Smart Spaces combines luxury design aesthetics with the latest in smart home automation technology. From colonial-style mansions in Boston to seaside retreats in Florida, to luxurious vacation homes in Iceland, we help bring unique technology experiences to you. We empower homeowners to control their home’s by controlling everything from lights and shades to audio and visual, all from a singular device or voice command. Our proven Design, Build, and Support process ensures we are with you from the beginning of your smart home journey and beyond.
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