From period property to exclusive smart home: thanks to intelligent Gira technology, the Chelsea Residence is equipped for the future.
From Oscar Wilde, Bob Marley and Mark Knopfler to Gwyneth Paltrow and Vivienne Westwood, countless famous names from the music and arts scenes have made the affluent neighbourhood of Chelsea in West London their home. The King's Road thoroughfare – built in the 17th century – was the starting point for this historic district, which was a prominent centre for the capital's hippy and punk subcultures of the 1960s and 70s.. Against this historical background, a new architectural highlight has been created following an extensive programme of renovation works: The Chelsea Residence. Modernised with a holistic technology concept, the smart
A minimalist colour palette and largely monochrome design dominate the interior of the 260-square-metre home. The style continues into the kitchen, up the staircase and into the bedroom. Understated Gira pushbutton sensors from the Gira E22 design line and modern touch displays for intuitive building control fit seamlessly into the harmonious design.
All of the technology in the living area is networked via a KNX system in combination with the Gira X1. The compact mini server is space-saving and quick to install and commission, making it ideal for use in family homes. It acts as a smart interface to simplify the process of digital automation and visualisation of all building technology. Using the Gira X1 app, the owners can start light scenes remotely, raise and lower the blinds, control their music system and adjust the room temperature. Timers for presence simulation and practical automated functions can also be configured in the app with just a few clicks.
In the living area, four multifunctional operating units are also installed on the wall: By touching the multi-touch display, the users can call up and adjust individual functions and scenes. In combination with the Gira DCS-IP gateway device interface and the Gira surface-mounted video door station in stainless steel, the Gira G1 becomes an intelligent intercom with video function. When the doorbell rings, the device automatically changes over into intercom mode. Thanks to the live camera images, the residents can be certain that the door is only opened to welcome guests.
Photos: Jonathan Bond