High-Tech Haven: A Private Residence


Luxury home automation technologies merge seamlessly in the private residences at Windsor Arms Hotel. A tech-savvy executive tasked us with fully automating his 616m² full-floor, penthouse suite. For years, the Windsor Arms Hotel and Residences have been synonymous with luxury in Toronto. With only 24 boutique condominiums, the Residences at Windsor Arms offer unparalleled luxury living in the heart of Yorkville. All suites have private elevators, soaring ceilings, as well as hardwood flooring and classically opulent finishes.

To make his living experience even more luxurious, our client engaged the services of Andrew Woods, a highly experienced Technology Architect, to fully automate his private residence with an emphasis on privacy, security, and comfort. The result of this collaboration was a residence that exemplified the ultimate in modern living. From privacy glass that blocks the view of the elevator when not in use, to automated heating and cooling, lighting, curtains, and blinds, this residence boasts state-of-the-art technology that enhances the luxurious living experience. Join us as we take a closer look at the cutting-edge solutions we implemented to make this high-tech haven a reality.

Views of downtown can be enjoyed as you enter through mahogany double doors into the vestibule with its honed marble floor.

Glass with Class: Privacy and Style

One of the most unique features of the home automation system is the “smart glass” or “privacy glass” technology. This state-of-the-art glass technology enables our client to block the view of the elevator when not in use and provides an added layer of privacy and security. The “smart glass” technology utilizes an electric current to switch the glass from clear to opaque, giving our client complete control over the level of privacy he desires. S3 is dedicated to delivering exceptional, innovative solutions to our clients.

“Smart glass” or “privacy glass” technology is versatile and is used in various settings for both residential and commercial purposes. Here are some examples:

  1. Conference rooms: Smart glass is used to create private meeting spaces by blocking the view from outside when the glass turns opaque.
  2. Healthcare facilities: Smart glass is used for privacy in hospital rooms or to create private areas for patients to change clothes.
  3. Hotels: Smart glass is used to create privacy in hotel rooms or for conference rooms.
  4. Retail stores: Smart glass is used to showcase products and create a sense of exclusivity.
  5. Residential homes: Smart glass is used for privacy in bathrooms or bedrooms, as well as for energy efficiency by blocking out heat and UV rays.

The possibilities are endless, and smart glass technology is becoming increasingly popular as a versatile solution.

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Privacy at the push of a button! Intelligent Glass Smart glass technology allows you to control the level of privacy.

Inside the Automated Residence

In addition to the “smart glass” technology, Andrew Woods fully integrated the lighting, heating and cooling system accessible by in-wall touchscreens. Additionally, the home automation system allows our client to control the temperature remotely. Thus ensuring that his living space was always at the perfect temperature regardless of the weather outside.

One of the key elements in our automation system was the integration of automated blinds and curtains. The living room’s 18 panels of windows offer vistas across Lake Ontario. By automating the opening and closing of the window treatments based on the position of the sun, we were able to prevent damage to the floors and furniture, while also providing an additional layer of privacy for our client. With the automated blinds and curtains, our client no longer had to worry about manually adjusting the treatments throughout the day to protect his floors from damaging UV rays. Instead, the automated system took care of everything, allowing him to enjoy his home with ease and peace of mind.


In conclusion, the transformation of this private residence is a true testament to the luxury living experience. Andrew Woods‘ expertise in home automation and control solutions allowed him to craft a truly bespoke and personalized system that delivered our client the ultimate privacy, security, and comfort. The “smart glass” technology, the integrated heating and cooling system, and the automated curtains and blinds were just a few of the many features that made his home the epitome of luxury living in Toronto.

Ready to experience the ultimate in luxury and convenience with a custom home automation solution? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your dream smart home. Our team of experts is here to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process of creating a system that meets all of your needs and exceeds your expectations. Don’t wait, start living in the future today!


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