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Case study – French high-tech hideaway

IE Residential looks inside one of the winning projects from the 2011 CEDIA Awards – a beautifully equipped French holiday home known as the Villa Des Amis, which took the top prize in the Best Integrated Home above £100,000 category.

Having acquired a holiday home in Normandy, the client wanted to turn it into the perfect escape for family and friends. The brief was to create a beautiful harmonious space, packed full of entertainment, boasting the latest technology and a security system. 

Henri Intégrateur Domotique designed, integrated and installed an expansive, integrated custom installation, featuring lighting, whole home audio, video, security, and control of all electronic devices, extending across all four floors of the property.

It is in the communal areas where the family enjoy the full scope of the installed technology. This has been purposely orchestrated to bring family and guests together to enjoy these spaces and each other’s company to the full.
In keeping with the visual integrity of the property, the touchscreens for system operation are coherent from room to room and sit near doorways and windows to avoid any conflict with the home’s impressive décor.

Underground lies a leisure area a gym, a pool, a stunning home cinema (pictured), a small library, a video collection, a gaming room, and a wine cellar with its own bar.

The pool and Turkish bath area is fitted with biometric access to avoid children entering without adult supervision, and the entire security system is accessible from any location via the internet. As a bonus, Henri added energy-saving devices to the racking as well as an advanced cabling system for further integration and upgrades.

Eight cameras, viewable from anywhere with an internet connection, are distributed among the floors. As protection against thefts and property damages, the house has twelve movement detectors and two fire alarms.

A UPS protects the whole installation against power cuts.

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Energy management was not an initial client requirement; however Henri’s consulting team decided to take energy management into account in the design. To limit consumption, Henri integrated a user management system into the installation.

When the homeowner enters his own access code, the entire system is turned on. When the housekeeper comes by himself during the week, only the functions necessary for him to work are switched on. When the house is empty, the rack dedicated to audio and video shuts down entirely; only the Crestron control system and vital equipments – such as video surveillance – are kept on power.

Finally, Henri also provided the client with a remote control access to the temperature regulation. Thus, the client is able to regulate the heating and cooling of his home from anywhere, with an Internet access.

Kit list includes:
• Creston TPS-12L, TMPC-4XG, TPS-6X and TPS-6L touchpanels
• Bowers & Wilkins CWM500 in-wall speakers
• Sony KDL32W5500 32in LCD TVs
• Sony KDL22E5310 22in LCD TV
• Kaleidescape movie player
• Kaleidescape server, audio-video server, audio-video player and multiplayer 43-zone audio player
• JVC DILA-HD750 projector
• Da-Lite TCE119DM projector screen
• Denon AVR-3310 surround receiver

Pictures: Henri Intégrateur Domotique