We started our journey towards creating seamless functionality.
One of a kind. Sophisticated. Exciting. Seriously sexy. Damn cool. Oh, she was designed to please and make you never want to leave.
A house with flair for a man with flair, Keith wanted to optimise his home. He wanted to tailor a space that optimised fluidity, ease, ultimate control and ultimate luxury. It was a job that required taking one fine home and making her even finer.
Enter: The AV. The black boxes. The panels. The security. Enter: BNC Technology.
An example of that flair- that cool- that Amalia’s all about. The first sports car to grace her garages. What a babe.
Because every serious house should have easy access by chopper.
Never miss a thing…
It begins at the gate, with a sultry, seductive Siedle. A state-of-the-art German-crafted intercom, for seamless communication. We integrated the Siedle BUS intercom system throughout the home to accommodate internal communication and uninterrupted connection between interior and exterior. The system is complete with an intercom handset which can be controlled from anywhere inside the home.
We gave her the best in CCTV video surveillance with an integrated network video recording system and number plate recognition. This video distribution means constant access from anywhere in the home- TVs, mobile, touch panels.
What he wanted:
A switch for everything. Make it a double.
What we did:
For ultimate convenience, we installed keypads with two rows of buttons throughout the home. Double that of our usual switch panels. This aligns with the complete integrated Control4 system, enabling full access control from an app.
Power efficiency was essential for maximum functionality.
We made energy saving a priority by drawing power from solar panelling and integrating an android box into the system that provides information on power management across the property. We implemented an incoming feed for the grid on all three phases.
To ensure the network is always online, we implemented a self-healing network designed with specified power cycle access points when they lose signal. If the switch does not get feedback from the access point after the second reboot, The BNC Technology service department is notified and the issue is addressed immediately.
2003 called. They were like “please take our CD player.” Just kidding.
The beloved old-school CD player from the previous home was integrated with the new system, creating a cool marriage of old and new.
The life of the party, where rum flows like water. This bar space inspired the home’s name. Amalia was the beautiful wife of Facundo Bacardi Masso, founder of the Bacardi company.
Amalia was designed for looking good and good looking.
What we did:
For looking good: We gave her lighting conditions that would cultivate intimate scenes and highlight the beauty of the home from an architectural and design perspective.
The lighting operates at 80% capacity, and can be reduced further by 25% across the home by activating “green mode.”
For good looking: We distributed ten zones of video throughout the property, with satellite television, streaming services, display of power consumption as well as video display. And most importantly- a seriously kitted out cinema.
What he wanted:
A high performance media room that harmonised top caliber technical and aesthetic criteria.
What we installed:
A media room that speaks the language of interior design supremacy.
It was a challenging space for a cinema due to sliding doors along the left hand side of the room; so we adapted the space by installing motorised blinds to block out the glass on demand.
We transformed the right-hand side into a feature wall clad with beautiful fabric and mineral fiber to add absorption to the room.
The space was also fashioned to accommodate enough storage for an impressive collection of blu-rays.
We crafted a highly evolved viewing experience. A cutting edge 5000 lumen projector with a mirror mount system was installed to procure a flawlessly crisp image on the 3.5m x 1.5m screen.
We paired ideal imagery with ideal audio by fitting Meridian DSP 7200’s and a Meridian DSP 640 LCR hidden behind the acoustic transparent screen.
Amalia Strikes Back
Well she wouldn’t have been exciting if there wasn’t a little drama.
She gave us lightning. We did some boss damage control, and said “is that all you’ve got?”
She was quiet
Want to see my Bedroom?
What he wanted:
A bedroom designed to stay all weekend.
What we installed:
A seriously high performing bedroom equipped with AV and full access control.
Back to back screens- for viewing from the bed and the lounge area.
Meridian speakers carefully tucked away in the ceilings, for uncompromised audio.
Within the bedroom there is access to control over the entire home: A “green mode” button to control all lighting, an “away” button that shuts down the entire main wing and arms the alarm, and a button to ensure closure of all doors, gates and the garage. We also installed hidden speakers around the bedroom courtyard area for a sneaky party, or ambiance for outdoor relaxation.
Breakfast in bed, please.
Control4 enables a function for video call to the kitchen, where the owner’s personal chef may take orders with ease. Nothing says luxury like bacon on demand, right?
Big house. Big tech. Big job. House Amalia was one hell of a party, and damn did she look good at the end. She sounded impressive too. This was a unique job for BNC technology, in the style of the home and the diversity of the job. Beginning in 2016, it was an exhilarating two years we had with the home that truly had a personality of her own.
Behind the Scenes…
BNC Technology was established in 2008 and is progressively South Africa’s first choice in home integrated technology, for future forward space planning. BNC Technology is comprised a team of lifestyle designers, engaged primarily with the seamless integration of audio visual and automation systems, including premium home cinemas, signature entertainment spaces and security systems.
The company holds Silver and Gold titles in the EH Home of the Year Awards 2017 and 2018. Alongside service excellence and high-end delivery, BNC Technology is an accredited CPD training facility for architects and designers, encouraging superior know-how in futuristic design.
From Nick Caripis
We’re always excited to deliver the best possible home cinema experience. The House Padi project demanded that, but also allowed us the opportunity to show our prowess in designing spaces that fit very specific requirements. The limited area that the room had to offer presented a challenge that, for us, makes the results even more satisfying.
Our heartfelt thanks to Keith for giving us an opportunity to deliver on your cinema room dreams, and giving us the space to showcase our passion for design and technical innovation.
We look forward to a lasting relationship – and the next project…