LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois // DEALER: Integrisys // PHOTOGRAPHY: John Faier This Ritz-Carlton Residence is on the corner of luxury and innovation.
When the Prism Development Company decided to take a landmarked building and integrate it into a new residential high-rise on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, they didn’t just bring the building up to date. They brought it a few steps into the future.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chicago, Magnificent Mile is the latest addition to the Ritz-Carlton suite of luxury residential homes. What sets this one apart? Each of the units comes with a Control4 Touch Screen equipped with the Integrisys InteliPlex™ Portal, a cutting-edge innovation that gives residents one-touch access to the building’s services and amenities through an easy-to-use graphical user interface.
From the sleek, in-wall Control4 Touch Screen residents can retrieve messages, connect to the concierge, valet, or make a service request with building management—all with the touch of a finger.
“For example, residents can request valet services on the touch screen,” describes Integrisys Principal and Control4 dealer George Velazquez. “While they catch a few more minutes of the game, they can be notified on their TV screen when their car is ready.”
The idea was simple: to extend front door services to every room in every residence. “In a hotel, you pick up the phone to call the front desk with your needs,” points out Velazquez. “With InteliPlex, you’re basically getting the luxury hotel experience in your own home through a simple touch screen.” Even away from home, he adds, residents can still access many of the innovative features through an easy-to-use web-based portal, from a computer or a smart phone.
Residents will also be able to use it to check weather and news headlines, much the same way as with a smart phone or computer—except these messages will span everything from building bulletins and notes about package deliveries or maintenance requests to international news. As George describes it, it will be like “combining the features of an iPhone with the amenities of a Ritz-Carlton hotel.”
“This exceeds typical residential design,” says Margo Dahmani, Director of Marketing for The Prism Group, the developers of the building. “We are at the high end of the residential market in Chicago, and the brand of our building meant that the technology packages had to be at the top of the spectrum. We are excited that we can offer it to our residents and uphold what The Ritz-Carlton is known for—always going above and beyond.”
The Control4-powered InteliPlex system will connect residents with as many as 12 full-time staff members as well as the private 12,000-square-foot Landmark Club on the 10th floor, which features a grand salon, a club dining room, a boardroom, a wine/billiard room, a screening room, a fitness center and a spa services area. Additionally, with full integration of Control4 technology, residents will be able to personalize their own home with control over everything from audio, video, lighting, climate and even window blinds.
“I strongly believe that everyone has a need for technology. Our job is to simplify the process,” says Velazquez. “It isn’t just technology for technology’s sake. This is technology that enhances quality of life.”TO SEE MORE SMART HOME STORIES IN CHICAGO CLICK HERE