The most modern residential building of the world is just coming soon in Hamburg: the Apartimentum, made possible by the Internet of things (iot). Upon waking up in Germany’s most advanced home, the bathroom will warm up to welcome the resident. The coffee machine is preparing its favourite cup, and the fridge will make sure coffee cream is always available, ordering it automatically when stocks are low. The smart phone monitors the traffic on the way to work and informs the resident on the time to leave, while the lift is alway there, where it is needed. These are just some of the features to be installed into a Victorian villa during its conversion. Already known for its smartPort, Hamburg also wants to set benchmarks should in terms of living.
Visit of the First Mayor Olaf Scholz
Apartimentum investor Lars Hinrichs, also founder of the career network Xing and the incubator HackFWD, presented his concept at the monthly Smart City Salon MLOVE in late April, attended also by Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz. First apartments will be ready for lease by October 2015. A total of 37 apartments with a gross floor space of 65 to 230 square metres – are currently under construction at Mittelweg near the Alster lake. Laundry and cleaning services will complement the intelligent apartments that can be rented for a period of six months up to three years, including an all-inclusive contract. The personalised hig-tech comfort will significantly increase comfort and allow an resource-saving smart lifestyle based on the Internet of things.
“The apartment is to respond to the residents and their needs”, says Lars Hinrichs. Room temperature, indoor climate, lighting, music taste – the intelligent home is to automatically gathering and processing all information. Apartment rents are thus not based on square metres, but on the , but “cubic meters of quality of life”. Rents will be around 2,700 and 9,700 euro per month.
A Glimpse into the Future
On a tour with virtual reality glasses, potential tenants and investors can can view the living room with its peculiarities. The smart features are being installed by Lars Hinrich’s partners, i.e. Cisco, Dornbracht, Kaldewei, MENNEKES Elektrotechnik, Miele, nest, OSRAM, SieMatic, Sonos, and Viessmann.In addition, 16 of the 32 parking spaces in the underground car park have already been equipped with electric charging stations, making the garage the largest private charging station for electric cars in Germany. him