Hawthorn apartments, a luxury apartment complex in Somers, Wisconsin got in touch with Modern Media Tech in 2020 with an exciting prospect: design the audio, video, security, and automation systems for their new state-of-the-art 8,000 square foot clubhouse. Equipped with a swimming pool, weatherproof outdoor entertainment area, resident co-working space, demonstration kitchen, and more we had one goal in mind: intuitive ease of use. This is the third entry in our 4-part project feature series.
The Hawthorn Apartments Clubhouse includes an outdoor entertainment area with 3-season access for residents. To withstand the extremes of Midwest weather, Modern Media Tech designed a robust and fully weatherproof outdoor theater and audio system built to last.
The main entertainment area, a covered open-air veranda, features a surround-sound speaker system and a 65” Sunbrite television all designed to withstand the elements. From Sunbrite: "All of our products are built with bright screens and a durable, powder-coated aluminum exterior that is outdoor safe and weather-tight for permanent outdoor installation." Residents are able to control the audio and television from an 8” touchscreen controller and can even play their own videos by connecting their device via HDMI input, Chromecast, or Apple AirPlay.
High fidelity is key. In order to create a full and even soundscape we used 19 speakers across the entire area. With this many speakers we were able to maximize the space and widely distribute the sound at a pleasant listening volume.
Lastly, we considered placement, an often overlooked component of design, balancing discrete location without compromising sound and serviceability. Tucked away inside a planter in the center of the outdoor area are 2 365 degree landscape speakers. While not a simple feature to create, involving coordinating with electricians and gardeners for construction, the enhancement to sound and viewing were well worth the effort.
For more on this exciting project, read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4 of the Hawthorn Clubhouse Project Feature!