|Luxury living in Chelsea with Gira smart home solutions
Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for commercial and residential property, bring the latest technology to a truly iconic new build property in London, designed by Nick Shipp Architects and located on the iconic Kings Road in Chelsea.
Setting a landmark design standard, Essoldo House is a corner building on Chelsea’s cosmopolitan high street, which boasts eleven extraordinary homes, in addition to a remarkable roof terrace, cinema and three retail units on the ground floor. This luxurious high-rise building is situated on the south side of Kings Road, no. 279, which sits right between Old Church Street and Paultons Square and close to the world-famous Bluebird restaurant and café.
Vibrant, contemporary and highly sophisticated, Chelsea is one of London’s hot-spots with Kings Road being regarded as the suburbs beating heart brimming with restaurants, bars, designer shops and art galleries. On the corner of Old Church Street, a former vintage cinema has been transformed into a four-storey property called Essoldo House. Designed by Nick Shipp Architects, this property defines the overall streetscape with its striking contemporary design and distinct tower-like bay window.
The eleven residential units comprise of three maisonettes and eight apartments, ranging from around 70-145 square metres in size. They all combine 21st century design and comfort with the character of traditional Chelsea, offering at least one balcony or roof terrace with views over the Borough. The building has underground parking and, of course, offers a concierge service for residents.
The absolute commitment to luxury in Essoldo House is visible in every detail with solid, high-quality oak floors, Carrara marble in all the bathrooms, and Porcelanosa kitchens, fitted exclusively with the latest generation of Miele appliances, including wine fridges and boiling water taps. The building services are also state-of-the-art: all functions, from the air conditioning and lighting to the Sonos wireless sound system installed throughout and the security system, are interconnected and can be controlled using an iPad, ensuring a smart home in its purest form.
Behind the scenes, a user-friendly Gira KNX system works in tandem with the Gira X1 mini server and the Gira S1, remote access module to ensure equally smooth and secure networking and control wherever the homeowner is. The switches and socket outlets of the Gira E2 design line in stainless steel also match the high-quality elegance of the interior in a special building – truly London’s finest – and all Gira products were installed by specialist system integrator Marquee Home Limited, part of the Gira System Integrator Partner Program.
Jacob Muijnck, Managing Director at Gira UK says, “We are absolutely delighted to offer practical and intuitive solutions for today’s luxurious city living from sockets and switches to the latest smart home servers which will take care of everything from lighting and heating to security. Our award-winning Design Lines are specially designed to give interior designers and architects the ultimate in flexibility and functionality when it comes to providing the essentials in terms of controls and power points.”
The minimalist Gira E2 range is made of ultra-durable shatter-proof UV-resistant plastic in a variety of finishes including pure white glossy, grey matt, and black matt, alongside aluminium, anthracite and stainless steel colours, which bring an on-trend industrial feel to Essoldo House.
Homeowners can easily access and control the functions of their KNX installation remotely by using the Gira X1 app, so they can dim and switch lights, and adjust shutters and blinds, heating control, value transmitter, scenes, timer and much more. Camera images can also be accessed ‘live’, plus there are customisation options that include home screen personalisation so it’s even easier to keep an eye on the home, safe in the knowledge that all data is protected and encrypted by our Gira S1.
It is essential that this fashionable address enjoys the most innovative and accessible technology, so Gira has included the following intelligent solutions: