Our client was renovating his luxury apartment in the heart of New York City; located in the Jenga Building on billionaires row. The liv. team were entrusted to scope and integrate a full smart home automation system into the luxury apartment; installing lighting & shading, security and indoor audio/visual as well as a mesh Wi-Fi network that seamlessly blended with client's vision.
Luxury Smart Home Apartment
During a thorough technology consultancy and design stage, we established what the client wanted and how it would be integrated within the home. The client made clear that their vision was to achieve a high level of technology integration for their home away from home.
As a result, liv. had to consider several factors. Firstly, this was a new build at the time to developer spec (meaning the apartment was functional but not finished to the client's specification.) The client had already formulated a vision with the interior designer's Hill House Interiors, and we brought that vision to life from a technical point of view. After a review process with the client and the interior designers, we produced a spec that felt appropriate to their needs and matched the designs produced by the designers.
A challenge we faced was the sheer amount of glass in this apartment. There are floor to ceiling glass windows in almost every room in this apartment that displays the incredible view. These are made up of divided panels, as opposed to one large glass panel. For us, this meant that shading was needed throughout, and the panel design needed over fifty individual automated shades. Such shades needed a large amount of cabling, which as at the time the apartment was finished to developer spec, meant we had to undertake complicated wiring work as opposed to accounting for this during the construction phase of the apartment.
The client had a few specific requirements that we blended into our planning and execution. Firstly, they specified they did not want any visible speakers throughout the site. This meant Amina invisible speakers were the perfect option, however, these are usually installed in the ceilings and in this project the ceilings were solid concrete. As always liv. found the solution to the presented issue and had the speakers installed in the walls – resulting in invisible, uncompromised surround sound. The second feature the client specified was to use Savant as their home automation system as they already had the system in their UK based property. This was installed as per their vision and linked to their audio-visual systems, security, lighting and extensive shading solution.
The client gave a glowing review, specifically commenting on how we delivered in such a short time frame - from planning to execution we completed this project in 12 weeks. Although it was run by our New York office, we utilised shared resources from London to ensure the project was delivered on time for our client which they were very happy about.
8383 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800
Beverly Hills - CA, 90211