Silvertop is an engineering and aesthetic marvel, as fascinating today as it was when it was built.
Architect John Lautner is legendary for inventive, boundary-pushing designs including the UFO-like Malin Residence (Chemosphere) in the Hollywood Hills. His design for the Reiner-Burchill Residence, better known as Silvertop, is nearly as iconic as the Chemosphere, with a similar embrace of the curve and the vista. Silvertop is slightly less known because it is perched out of view atop a hill and can best be seen from East Silver Lake Boulevard, across the reservoir.
Commissioned by industrialist and engineer Kenneth Reiner as his home, Silvertop was Lautner’s first major use of monolithic concrete as a sculptural as well as architectural component. It was completed in 1963, after nearly seven years of construction.
The Organic Modern house features a huge, arching concrete roof over a wall of glass opening the interior to the views all around, enhanced by a cantilevered swimming pool that seems to flow directly into Silver Lake Reservoir far below
Under a renovation by new ownership, Dream Technologies was charged with the monumental task of updating and integrating the various technologies in the house while still maintaining the integrity of such a historically important home.
This required Dream Technologies to integrate the multiple vendors in unique and innovative ways.
The result was a whole home lighting control system with keypads that also control motorized shades, motorized doors, motorized windows motorized sky-shades, and motorized louvers. A whole home audio distribution system was added with speakers equalized and then installed inside the ceiling to preserve the aesthetic integrity of the home without compromising audio quality. A surround sound media room with discreetly hidden speakers, a pool control system, a security system, and a forensic IP camera system were also added. All these were integrated into an iPad control interface by Dream Technologies.
System Integrator: Dream Technologies
Our scope of work: HomeWorks Lighting Control, Integration with Motorized Shades, Distributed Audio, Distributed Video Automation, Networking & WiFi, IP Security Cameras, Climate Control, Pool & Spa Control, Racks, & Integrating Motorized Louvers, Motorized Doors, Motorized Windows, Motorized Sky-shades.