For the final look back at the InstallAward winners from 2014, we're looking at the category that corresponds to Audience Venues in the 2015 Awards. Entries this year can include concert halls, stadiums, cinemas, theatres, museums, visitor attractions and even houses of worship. The criteria is, anywhere people have come (and usually paid) to watch and to an extent participate in a 'show' in the broadest possible sense, and where their experience of it is enhanced by the installation.
The corresponding category at the 2014 InstallAwards was the slightly narrower Sports and Performing Arts Category. Here, AMX won the Star Product Award for its use of Inspired Signage at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The signage comprises an 11-screen ribbon over the doors into the main reception, over-the counter signage at the box office and three video walls, each made up of six 55in LG displays. As well as creating the signage, the Inspired Signage solutions gives a high degree of control functionality: local control is provided by eight-button AMX Novara keypads, which allow operators to change material and call forward; additionally, an iPad running an AMX app provides full wireless control. As one of the judges pointed out, this is a solution that appeals both visually and functionally.
The Best Project Award was won by Meyer Sound, the only company to win awards in two different categories. The winning project was a new voice reinforcement system for the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. The solution, based on Meyer Sound's CAL column array speakers, had to cope with a long reverberation time (more than two seconds) be fitted in a narrow space behind a grille,and throw clear sound nearly 50m to the back of the hall.
For the 2015 InstallAwards, projects from all six categories will compete for a single Team of the Year Award.
There is no fee to enter a project for the InstallAwards, and any company or individual can submit up to three entries – either in the same category or across multiple categories.
An entry form is available at: www.installawards.com/nominations
Nominations are open to any permanent or semi-permanent installation, anywhere in the world, handed over to the client between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015.