Roman house with 21st century technology



For the bespoke home and penthouse apartment, intelligent control systems have become almost ubiquitous.  No longer simply about the wow factor (though they certainly provide plenty of that!), systems that provide smart integration of functions including heating, cooling, lighting, AV and blinds can also enhance a property’s energy efficiency and enable the occupier to tailor their space to suit their lifestyle.

At Berkeley Homes’ 90-apartment luxury development in the City of London, that need to tailor smart controls to the individual home has been put to the test with the installation of Legrand’s MyHOME building automation system within every property. Ranging from studio apartments to three-bedroom penthouses, the scheme features 37 different interior layouts. However, by using the MyHOME system Legrand’s approved installer, custom install specialist, RJK Multi-room, had the flexibility they required to meet the clients exacting standards.

Combining one of London’s oldest landmarks with contemporary design, Roman House is located adjacent to St Alphage Gardens, a small park that contains a section of the Roman Wall that originally encircled London.  The development’s sumptuous interior mirrors the style and prestige of its exterior, with individually designed kitchens, boutique hotel-style bathrooms and a dramatic entrance lobby clad in marble, bronze and lacquer. The building automation system has been specified to continue the theme of this high specification luxury living through to the functionality of each apartment, with the ability to programme in personalised settings for every occupier.

Explains Richard Hayward from Legrand: “It’s not sufficient for a control system to be intelligent, it also needs to be intuitive and adaptable.  The MyHOME system has been designed with simplicity of user interface in mind with an iOS-style swipe or scroll touch screen that enables users to select controls based on room, function or pre-set personal preferences.”

Supplied through distributor, Asheridge Communications, the MyHOME system will provide integrated control of underfloor heating, lighting, AV systems, electric blinds and access and security controls in all 90 apartments.  In the penthouses the system will also incorporate air conditioning controls.

The system can be operated by the end users via the MyHOME 10” touch screen in the living area, a slimline wall-mounted unit that can be personalised with the individual preferences of several end users inmultiple occupancy situations.

Explains Richard: “The MyHOME 10” touch screen provides the end user with internet access via the home’s WiFi connection and customisable profiles to offer a simple-to-operate control screen. Individual user profiles can be personalised with images, customised control settings and personal preferences including music playlists. 

“The end user can make their profile as complex or as simple as they want, and for the developer, the touch screen means that they can demo the system to potential buyers and tailor that demo to suit the individual viewer.”

While the 10” MyHOME touch screen provides the main static user interface for each apartment at Roman House, RJK also installed a 3.5” MyHOME touch screen in each bedroom to provide localised control of blinds, lighting, heating and speakers. However, RJK anticipates that most end users will primarily control the system using an iPad.

Explains Richard King from RJK: “Incorporating iPad control into the MyHOME system is something we have done very successfully with previous developments and it fits the demographic for Roman House. Using Legrand’s MyHOME app, we can create one touch icons for key functions or pre-set scenes on the iPad, enabling the end user to operate the system from anywhere in the home, or even, anywhere in the world!”

Key Facts

The project: Roman house, London

The solution: Legrand's MyHOME building automation systems were installed in every apartment, enabling the occupier to programme in personalised settings.