Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) October 22, 2014
Acoustiblok, Inc. recently completed an innovative international project for a ground-breaking cinema complex in Beirut, Lebanon. Cinemacity, as it is called, is an enormous complex in the heart of the city of over 300,000 square feet. Getting the acoustics right was paramount on the project and Shawn Saathoff, Vice President of Acoustiblok, was the Chief Acoustic Consultant on the project in collaboration with Da Da & Associates. Saathoff is a full member of AES, ASA and CEDIA.
Nabil Dada & Associates is a leading interior design and architecture firm in the region and was behind the complexs unique design. The exterior architecture, however, was designed by the French architecture firm Velode et Pistre. The compound includes 14 high-end cinema theaters, two of which are VIP, and all of which are equipped with cutting-edge technology.
The complex hosts 2,400 seats and is covered by the worlds first unique dome lined with 256 LED screens. The LED screens continue down a long corridor leading to the lower level theaters. Projections of incredible visual graphics and numerous uses of lights on the escalators and walkways are designed to transport movie goers to another world during their stay in the complex. The building also includes large spaces that host restaurants and coffee shops found throughout the three levels.
The project is managed by SOLIDERE, Hammad Atassi, owner of Prime Pictures and Mario Haddad, owner of Empire cinemas. The project cost $ 25 million to implement and they spared no expense in creating something iconic and state-of-the-art including the impressive acoustics of the complex.
Acoustibloks Solution to Maximizing the Sound Experience
Acoustibloks Shawn Saathoff worked directly with Nabil Da Da & Issam Bassil of Da Da & Associates in response to the distinctive external architecture of the cinema by modifying the internal volumes and seamlessly integrating cutting-edge technology into their design to create a young and vibrant atmosphere.
The first step was to achieve the highest levels of sound isolation from cinema to cinema. The second challenge was to achieve intelligible localization of dialogue and a seamless envelopment of the surround field in each and every cinema, Saathoff said.
To achieve optimum noise and sound isolation a box in a box construction technique was utilized for each of the 14 theaters in the cinema complex. A box in a box structure is basically an independent structure (box-the inside of the theater) isolated from the main buildings structural foundation. Each theater required mechanically isolated floating floors, mechanically isolated floating walls, and mechanically isolated spring hung ceiling assemblies.Acoustiblok 4.88 isolation membrane was used in the construction of the walls, floors and ceilings to attain maximum airborne sound isolation.
All of the above mentioned particulars are whats behind the elaborately detailed interior finishes. And the majority of the interior elements were strategically designed to enhance cinematic experience. First reflections were controlled, surround envelopment was engineered, and picture quality was enhanced by eliminating distractive boundary reflections off the ceilings.
All elements of each and every cinema hall were methodically thought out and acted on during the design and development process at Solideres request. Solidere wanted to make sure this complex was cutting edge in terms of a cinematic experience.
The Bar and Concession Area of the complex was also custom designed with QuietFiber