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Frank Lloyd Wright Meets Klingon Empire in High-Tech Home

Curved stone walls and glass in an ultra-modern home challenge an integrator to mingle extreme technology with aesthetics, especially lighting control. Also, have you ever seen a book double as a keypad?


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Some projects defy description and must be shown to be appreciated. That’s the case with this four-year project by Performance Imaging, a CE Pro 100 integrator based in Stamford, Conn.

This ultra-modern New England home is complete integration of Lutron lighting and motorized shades, water works, security and life safety, cameras, whole-house control, HVAC, tank monitoring systems, network and IP telecom infrastructure and more. It also boasts one of the most unique keypads ever created, as Performance Imaging integrated a hidden lighting control keypad into a book on a shelf.

“It’s kind of like Frank Lloyd Wright meets the Klingon Empire,” says Thomas H. Howard, vice president at Performance Imaging. The architecture features parabolic copper roofs, curved stone walls and glass windows, curved light decks with hopper finish plaster, and amazing stone and tile work. The project was recently a finalist in the Lutron Excellence Awards at CEDIA Expo.

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The home also includes fully connected exercise room, golf practice room, wine cellar, craft area, laundry room, two offices, sunroom and terrace and balcony.

“The design element and finishes were the client’s main focus, and our job was to integrate technology without intrusion of the architecture. The interior designer specified no less than 15 different colors, styles and finishes for keypads and outlets in the various rooms.”

“We faced a number of unique challenges meeting and exceeding the client’s expectations - everything from installing shades in curved light decks, a hidden Lutron keypad in a book, a secret touchscreen and cabinet motorization, propane/fuel and water monitoring, integrated water shut-off, water works control ... all the way to the automation of the FedEx dropbox!”

On the Job
Technology Integrator | Performance Imaging, Stamford, Conn.
Builder | Davenport Contracting, Stamford, Conn.
Architect | Swaback Partners, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Interior Designer | Studio V, Scottsdale, Ariz.



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Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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