Control & Automation

Modern SoHo Loft Blends Design & Tech

This modern loft in SoHo features an 8-zone distributed audio system, elegant lighting control and a home theater, all without distracting from the aesthetics.

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Grant Clauser · March 1, 2013

If some of your potential clients think electronics can clutter up a home and distract from the core aesthetics, show them this tastefully-designed loft in New York City’s fashionable SoHo district. In this modern space, Cliqk integrated a lighting, control and audio/video system that is seen and heard only when it’s needed.

The owners of this loft insisted on simplicity, both in how the system operated and how it merged with the space’s design. Going for a minimalist theme, however, doesn’t mean the technology is lacking in any way. On the contrary, everything in this home was given the custom treatment complemented by an elegant control solution powered by Savant.

For music listening, Cliqk installed an 8-zone distributed audio system, all accessed and controlled by iPads. A home theater system in the main living area appears and disappears from sight on command by way of a powered ceiling lift for the projector and a powered screen that recesses into a ceiling soffit. Because the screening area also has massive windows, blackout shades automatically lower via the control system when the theater is being used.

Just walking through the loft is a technology treat. Pressing the Home button on an entrance keypad lights a path to the bedroom, turns on a music playlist and sets the proper temperature. The keypad’s Goodbye command shuts everything off with one button and activates the security system.

To keep things simple, Cliqk programed the keypads to respond differently to single and double taps on the buttons, thereby minimizing the total number of buttons needed.

Motion sensors in the home detect occupants (including a puppy) and also activate lighting scenes based on the time of day.

Photos: Modern SoHo Loft Blends Design & Tech

Custom window shading solutions include powered shades that rise up, instead of come down, to provide privacy while still letting in some sunlight over the top.

A 21-foot wide skylight was treated with a custom designed Lutron shade that meets in the middle.

Keeping everything nice and neat extended to the system’s gear rack. The A/V closet contains two ganged, full-height equipment racks with infrastructure in recessed panels. A separate network rack allows critical devices and the control system to remain online for remote access and control.

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  About the Author

Grant Clauser is a technology editor, covering home electronics for more than 10 years for such publications as Electronic House and Dealerscope. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email at

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Control & Automation · Lighting · News · Media · Slideshow · Apple · iPad · Lutron · Motorized Shade · Remote Automation · All Topics
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