The exterior of the SmartHome Integration client's Sarasota, Fla. home.
The exterior of the SmartHome Integration client's Sarasota, Fla. home.

The owners of a luxury waterfront home in Sarasota, Fla., wanted a high-tech way to show off their expansive art collection so they turned to local tech provider Mark van den Broek to integrate the artwork into the design and function of their home.

Van den Broek of Sarasota-based SmartHouse Integration merged a complete smart home management infrastructure installation with the existing design sensibilities of the 17,000-square-foot home using an entertainment and control system from Elan. The system allows the homeowners to modify their home’s light levels or lighting cycles, monitor its security system, or control its temperature at any time whether at home or away.

Van den Broek made lighting the centerpiece of the design-centric home management project. He positioned lighting fixtures from Lutron Homeworks Lighting & Shades above or below each one of the art pieces, which can fade or brighten at specific times throughout the day in accordance with outside light levels. In the case of the Orb, a shifting aluminum sculpture by Chuck Hoberman which hangs above the home’s grand salon, a circle of RGD LED lights allows the homeowners to control the color, level, or frequency of light on the piece via ELAN.

The grand salon of the 17,000 square-foot home, retrofitted with an ELAN Entertainment and Control system.

For the home’s functional lighting, van den Broek worked with interior designer Pamela Hughes to ensure that the interplay of lighting and design was able to best accent and highlight the interior architecture and décor. “I used lighting as a design element in the same capacity that I use it as a functional element,” van den Broek says. “Throughout the home, the lighting evolves and changes to best enhance the art it emphasizes. Each application, depending on the exhibit it highlights or the room it illuminates, is specifically catered to that space.”

A similar lighting strategy was used in the home’s wine cellar, which the homeowners wanted to be functional, well-lit, fully automated and discretely located. For this purpose, van den Broek installed an automated temperature, lighting, and security system for the cellar that maintains a steady temperature of 56-59 degrees F and provides lighting to automatically illuminate the wine labels when the door is opened.

“The wine cellar’s interplay of light, security and temperature control truly represents the marriage of design and function,” van den Broek says. “This micro smart system--set within the confines of a much larger system--improves the user experience by giving very close attention to detail.”

The home's indoor/outdoor full-home audio system has the power to potentially “blow the doors off the place,” according to van den Broek. Other Elan-controlled home features include a laser beam and camera-based security system and multiple power surge protection systems for the home’s extensive smart network, including two Panamax MB1500 Uninterruptible Power Supply units and four Panamax M4315 Pros with BlueBOLT remote energy management, which allows van den Broek to manage the home’s power system from anywhere in the world.

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