CEDIA Awards

Best Integrated Home

Level II

Highly Commended
  |  Americas


by Union Place

From entertainment to golf simulation to a relaxing sauna, this high-tech home has it all.

This home, complete with sauna, yoga room, golf simulator, and an incredible array of entertainment and networking solutions, was this client’s third project with Union Place. The homeowner “wanted all the tech to be hidden and controlled by the best interface that can be personalized by the user. He also wanted ability to utilize fiber and 10Gb bandwidth for max video performance,” according to the integrator.

Voice control – specifically, Alexa – is integrated with Savant systems, meaning any programmed scene can be called up from anywhere in the home. Union Place fills us in with more details:

“We used a combination of flat panel TVs, Samsung Frames, and projection systems to keep the design aesthetic a priority. Each zone is configured with Alexa for light control and voice cues for audio playback. Alexa will override the music stream or other audio to provide an answer to a question, deliver news, weather, and so on at request. All rooms can also communicate via the voice intercom feature. Most public zones use invisible speakers. The media room uses a custom soundbar and subwoofer  hidden behind a matching HVAC vent. The landscape audio system powers the yard and can be mirrored with the in-pool underwater speaker. We blended the best of Savant with the best Alexa Voice Control.”

Beyond clever programming, Union Place also got creative with available space. Without a dedicated room, the team made space for equipment racks beneath a staircase. CEDIA’s judges put it simply: “This is a lovely project.”

Tech is hidden or unobtrusive – like the custom soundbar here.
Voice control blends the best of Savant with the best of Alexa.

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