• Sony 4k VPL-VW360 Projector
  • Screen Excellence 3.5m Projector Screen
  • Artcoustic 7.1 Speaker Package
  • Dedicated Cinema Room

Design to Transform an unloved Boat House in to a Cinema Room

This design for a cinema room in the English Lake District transforms the upper floor of an unloved and unused boat house on the banks of Lake Windermere. Our clients wanted a fairly high end home cinema room which was isolated from the rest of the home and made the most of the natural proportions of the building – the space available is approximately 4.5m wide by 8m deep. The room should also be an informal space and definitely not a formal home cinema room.

Sony Projector based Cinema with Artcoustic Speaker Package

The room benefits from a Sony VPL-VW360 projector which produces 1500 lumens – plenty bright enough for this room with easily managed light levels – partnered with a Screen Excellence 3.5m wide acoustically transparent projector screen. An Artcoustic SL8-4 speaker package which uses 3 x Artoustic SL8-4 speakers (partnered with Control 1 subwoofers) and 4 x Artcoustic SL8-4 surround speakers provides the stunning sound track. Custom grilles on the surround speakers add a touch of flair to the interior design. All decoding and amplification is handled by an Anthem MRX-520 AVR and for one of our mid level systems the result is fantastic.

Cinema Interior Design

We provided the clients with a colour palette and a selection of seating designs we thought would work well with the room and then rendered their choice – they were very keen for the room to not look like a traditional formal cinema and the BB Italia Tufty Time sofas ensure an informal environment whilst being supremely comfortable. The same no-fuss approach was applied to lighting with minimal spotlights in the ceiling providing lighting to guide cinema goers to their seats.


The minimalist approach to this cinema – in both interior design and technology – has resulted in a cinema room which is outstanding. An exceptional space which allows the clients family and friends to enjoy films a dedicated space which is purposefully relaxed – all the bells and whistles without being too formal or trying too hard. We – and importantly the clients too – love the finished design!

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