March 19, 2007 by Rebecca Day
Think of it as part sports bar and part game lodge. This 35-by-22-foot southern California cabana serves up the day’s three hottest sporting events and then tucks away the evidence for a quiet evening next to the pool. Thanks to motorized lifts and shades, the TVs only make an appearance when requested and then disappear from view when the electronics power down.
The centerpiece of the room is the 61-inch Runco PL-61cx plasma HDTV framed behind a VisionArt custom art canvas. A press of a button on the Crestron touchscreen controller sets in motion a series of TV acrobatics when it’s time for the video displays to go into hiding: The VisionArt art print scrolls down to cover the 61-inch plasma TV, and motorized lifts holding the two Runco 43-inch TVs sink the sets into cavities behind the cabinet doors.
The cabana is topped off by a curved ceiling, which installers at Genesis Audio in Irvine, CA, covered with acoustics-friendly fabric that helps smooth out the sound.
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