How They Did It: CineMexico

Ed Wenck | Feb 14, 2019

The challenges for Mantenimiento Arquitectonico here were numerous, including a very limited budget, a client who was at first reticent to transform what was originally designed as a family room into a dedicated home cinema, and a local power supply that’s unreliable. This home cinema — in a new build in a town well outside of Mexico City — solved all the issues, and won the firm a 2018 CEDIA Award for Best Home Cinema, Level I.

Proper sound was the client’s primary request, and, as the integrator explained exactly what was needed to bring the room up to CEDIA’s standards, the homeowner began to balk. After a visit to Mantenimiento Arquitectonico’s showroom, however, the client “fell in love with the idea of a well-designed, dedicated space.

The integration team managed to isolate the room, keep the HVAC systems from interfering with the movie-watching experience, and create lighting design between showings that rivals any commercial theater. Regarding power, the team tells us, “All the electrical installations are protected against voltage peaks and by a lightning rod and Panamax Voltage regulators.” The CEDIA judging panel notes that the finished project was “a great looking room for the budget — really artful.”

Mantenimiento Arquitectonico (Grupo MAi)

Carlos B Zetina 106
Mexico City, Distrito Federal 11800
CEDIA Member Since 2015

Equipment List:

Bowers & Wilkins ASW608 subwoofers
Bowers & Wilkins CWM664 in-wall speakers
DigitaLinx DL-HD70 HDMI over twisted pair set
Liberty Cables
Marantz SR7010 9.2 receiver
Niveo NWA100 WAP
Panamax M8-AV surge protector and power conditioners
SANUS projector mount
Screen Innovations 160” 5 Series acoustically transparent screen
Sim2 SUPERCUBE projector