Live Tour: Silvertop and Salkin House

Get an insights into two of the most innovative John Lautner's revitalization projects known as the stunning Silvertop and The Salkin House. 

When: Friday, November 13, 3pm EST

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See Bestor Architecture's update of two stunning John Lautner structures with Barbara Bestor, FAIA—Silvertop, an architectural masterpiece that was transformed to meet the 21st century and Salkin House, which was small and undiscovered for decades.

Silvertop was one of the most innovative houses in the world upon its construction in 1964. With a pre-stressed concrete roof spanning 80 feet, a cantilevered driveway, and an infinity-edge pool, Silvertop is Lautner's first major use of monolithic concrete as a sculptural and architectural component.

The intimately sized, 1,100 sq. ft.  Salkin House features a butterfly-shaped roof that floats free from glass walls and wing-shaped structural bents. The home connects the indoors and outdoors with curving walls and a concrete vault that frames ocean and mountain views.


Learning objectives

  • Analyze the use of monolithic concrete in structural design and experimental engineering.
  • Develop strategies to repair the strucutral foundation of a home while also eliminating the effects of water damage.
  • Discuss why glass materials have an increasing popularity, and what characteristics of glass make it sustainable, breathable and ideal for adaptive reuse projects.
  • Unpack the role of preservation and research in the renovation of historical homes, and debate what preservational design should prioritize.

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 $50  non-member
 $35  member
1.25 LUs
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  • Barbara Bestor


    Principal and Founder | Bestor Architecture

    Barbara Bestor, FAIA is the Principal and founder of Bestor Architecture. Raised in Cambridge, MA,...

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