Waterman to work on Devitt’s high-tech Australian residential project

WCN Editorial Team 8 Mar 2018 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Waterman Group, a multidisciplinary consultancy, has been appointed to provide building services and sustainability consultancy for a 24-storey luxury apartment complex, called Muse, on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, Australia.

The Devitt Property Group is developing the luxury apartment scheme, which will feature facial, fingerprint and number plate recognition technology amongst its security measures for future residents.

Said to be the most high-tech residential building in Australia, Muse apartment complex will include 35 to 45 apartments with six-star amenities, ranging from 200m2 to over 1,000m2, and a penthouse worth AUD40m ($31.23m).

A 20m lap pool, relaxation pool and spa, gym with sauna and steam rooms and a residents’ club lounge with meeting rooms will also be part of the project.

Commercial refrigeration will be established in the lobby as part of convenience features, which will take deliveries of wine, meat, fish and groceries until residents arrive home.

One of the major features of the apartment complex is that residents will be able to access all the building’s facilities and control their homes remotely through an app, instead of carrying keys or smart cards to access their homes.

High-tech features at Muse will include customisable home automation systems, which will call lifts when residents enter the building.

Residents can also turn on heating and cooling systems, control lighting, lower blinds and put the kettle on.

To ensure top-level security, a 24-hour concierge will monitor a CCTV system using facial recognition and ‘intruder detection systems’.

Construction is due to commence during spring 2018 and the project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

Waterman’s building services and sustainability director Brian Mason said in a statement: “The level of technology being developed for The Muse is unprecedented.

“Residents will be able to tailor the level of integration of the interface technology within their residence to their individual needs, with the option of the entire household being automated. It almost gives you a full-time butler.

“In addition, every resident will have their own electric car charging, so we’re complementing our technology with environmental initiatives, tying the two together.”

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