Primrose Hill, London, United Kingdom
The most important element of this project was to ensure that the home automation system was easy for the family to use and customise as required. With over 150 lighting circuits, 15 zones of heating and cooling throughout the home and motorised curtains and blinds on every window, KNX was the best choice for the control system.
At the top layer of control, the Gira HomeServer provides visualisation of every part of the KNX system. The status of every lighting circuit in the house can be checked from the app, as well the position of the blinds in every room, the temperatures and the current mode of the heating and cooling systems. A sensor in the bathroom tells the occupant if they’ve left the bathroom window open. If so, it can be closed with a button press on the Gira app.
At 670 square meters, this home features 5 bedrooms all with an en-suite, an 8-seat cinema featuring a Dolby Atmos sound system and a 4K projector, as well as an extensive basement with a wine cellar, gym, golf simulator and swimming pool. The ground floor living space also features a TV concealed by moving panels and invisible speakers.
All of the lighting circuits were trimmed to 80% brightness using KNX dimmers, which while barely noticeable to the human eye, amount to considerable energy savings for the owners.
“We developed a solution that uses a powerful Gira HomeServer to provide visualisation of every part of the KNX system. This allows the client to see and set the status and level of all lights in the house, as well as the position of the blinds in every room and the temperature plus the operating mode for the heating and cooling systems. In the basement, motion detectors activate a pleasing light scene as you enter and shut down all eight rooms when vacant.
It is one of our largest-ever single residential projects. To achieve the high levels of integration needed we have used the Gira HomeServer to great effect, which seamlessly connects the air conditioning, heating, lighting and window treatments into a single app.
Ivory Egg’s support and assistance throughout the project was first class and helped ensure a very successful outcome.”
– Andrew Ward, Integrator