CEDIA member, Domodo, has recently delivered an impressive home technology solution to modernise a 19th century Victorian home, based in the Campden Hill area of West London.
Spread across five storeys, this home is part of the Phillimore Estate and exemplifies how modern aesthetics and technology can combine seamlessly within an elegant period property. The client briefed Domodo to provide a comprehensive home technology installation, comprising multi-room AV distribution, security, lighting, video intercom and heated and cooling control as part of major renovation works being carried out by a project team involving architects Studio Indigo, interior designer, Ngila Boyd, and Sizebreed builders.
Technology concealment within the property was a top priority. For the audio system, Domodo selected and installed ‘invisible’ speakers from the Amina ‘Evolution’ series In all, the company fitted thirty Amina speakers within ceilings and behind walls in the property to cover a 16 zone Sonos audio system reaching out to five bedrooms, office, dining room, drawing room, gym, staff room, AV room, library and dressing room. Two 5.1 surround-sound systems were placed in the subterranean playroom and lower-ground family room, whilst the gym and office use Amina AIW550E and incorporate in-wall Velodyne subs.
“The initial and most challenging part of the job was designing and implementing a proper network infrastructure throughout the property,” says Domenico Crapanzano, Managing Director of Domodo. “Some 346 individual cable runs were laid from multiple locations in each and every room to a server room in the basement. A total of 16 miles of shielded CAT6a data cables were used for this job, running secretly behind the walls and the projects outset.”
As part of the project, Domodo installed a Cisco router, four Cisco POE Gigabit switches and a Ruckus Wireless system to provide enterprise-class solutions for wired and wireless connectivity. There is not a single spot within the 6,000 square foot property without full network coverage.
Domodo also fitted a QS Homesworks Lutron panelised lighting control system operated by Forbes and Lomax momentary push buttons to complement the interior design scheme.
The brain of the system is provided by Control4. Chosen for its flexibility and easy integration capabilities, the Control4 system can be accessed via any of 17 in-wall touch panels throughout the property. These also allow room-to-room two-way video communication, known as one of the most used features on the system.
Reversing the ‘seen but not heard’ adage, this dramatic Campden Hill installation is a masterpiece of technology discretion.
Audio / Speakers
Amina Evolution Series Invisible Loudspeakers:
Networking, Home automation and AV Equipment
2 x 47u Prism Data Cabinets
Cisco 1920 Router
4 x Cisco SG200 50P POE Switch
Domotz cloud-based network monitoring service
Ruckus Wireless Zone Director with 5 internal and 1 external 802.11ac Wifi Access Points with Beamflex technologyHP ProLiant DL320e G8 Rack Server
VMWare vCenter running Active Directory, DNS, DHCP and Voip PBX Server on separate VMs
NAS Synology RS3412xs
Synology visualstation (Surveillance Station for camera recording)
3 x T25 Mobotix 5MP door video-entry station
10 x D14d Mobotix HD Security Camera
Control4 processors (1xHC800, 2xHC250, 3x I/O expansion boards)
Control4 8x8 HDMI Matrix, 16x16 Audio Matrix and 2x 8 zones amplifiers
2 x Marantz amplifiers for the 5.1 zones
17 x Control4 Touchpanels with built in video intercom
6 x Cardaccess Zigbee repeaters
32 x Nyce/Axxess/CardAccess sensors for motion, temperature, humidity and luminosity detection
Lutron Homeworks lighting controller and LED dimmer packs
Trend HVAC IP controller for 20 zone heating/cooling system
10 x 8 ports Digital Loggers IP Remote Power Switches with Autoping technology
4 x Belkin Wemo Switches
20kVA UPS unit
2 x Sonos Zone Players
Roku 33 x Sky Boxes
Apple Mac Mini
Sony Blu-ray Player
Arcam DAB Player
Airmusic Airplay server
8 x Samsung and Aquavision LED TVs
Spotify, Soundcloud, Pandora and Rhapsody music streaming services
US TV channels video streaming services (HBO, ESPN, ABC, CBS, SHO) – full HD quality
4 core 14 Gauge speaker wire
Shielded CAT 6A for Ethernet connectivity throughout the property, terminated in data room at basement level on 310 individual data ports
Ruckus Wireless mesh for full and continuous wifi coverage of the property