Metropolis Penthouse

This stunning penthouse apartment in Auckland’s Metropolis building deserved a smart home system equal to the incredible view.

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This project was quite an undertaking, with a complete strip of the apartment and a rewire as if new. As such, we had to plan carefully before starting any physical work.

The job involved working very closely with the builder, our CAD designer, and the interior designer to bring together a finished product which looks and operates seamlessly.


The full 4K video was distributed to all 4 televisions in the apartment, including one in the master bathroom which was built into the wall.

An automated lifter was installed for the TV above the fireplace, allowing a more comfortable viewing angle as desired.

The home theatre system with full Surround Sound contains three hidden subs and several custom-built Leon profile speakers fashioned into the cabinet.


The client is a music enthusiast and was assured in having full hi-res audio distribution to all the bedroom and TV areas.

The system can stream Spotify, Tidal or any music they want to any other room in the house, but in the formal lounge, we installed a pair of high-end B&O Beolab 50 speakers which look and sound absolutely incredible.


The apartment now also has fully automated lighting, blind and curtain control. This allows the client to control the lights in every room of the apartment, not only switching them on or off but also the brightness levels for mood setting.

We also integrated with the buildings aircon system, giving the owner total control over his heating. Temperature settings can be pre-set or adjusted with the touch of a button.

Remote automation

The apartment also has 4Sight, allowing the client to remote control the system from anywhere in the world.

The heating, lighting, and music can all be activated in advance, making the room nice and warm for arrival. Blinds and curtains can be opened or closed depending on the time of day, and the system also has an “away down” button, shutting the apartment down in one simple command.

TVs, speakers, and amplifiers are all powered down, lights are dimmed and the aircon is turned off, cutting down on power consumption.

Hardware used

A intercom system was installed at the front door and the rear gate of the house. This allows the visitors to call through to the house and the client can answer on any of the touch screens located around the home, or even on their mobile while they are away from the house.

This allows anyone inside to see who’s calling and talk to them. The gate, door or garage can then be opened remotely.

Finished Result

Everything works like a charm, and the client couldn’t be happier. This job turned out so well that Designer AV won an award at the dealer conference for 2019!

Check out some of the images below to see how smoothly everything fits together in this beautiful apartment in the heart of Auckland.

“Derek took our complex retrofitting project and made the whole process easy. He helped us get our heads around what was possible – and now we love having a fully automated house that has actually made our lives easier.”

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