DK | HOUSE
Deir El Qamar, Lebanon
Under Construction 2015
The design of the DK project attempts to reinterpret the vernacular typology of its context and to celebrate it. Articulated with sliding and hinging walls, the facades become a live surface for expression for this contemporary vernacular house, opening it up to celebrate the landscape, or reining it in to pay homage to it.
Set in the sensitive context of Deir el Qamar, a protected historical village with well-preserved examples of feudal architecture, old stone streets and walled gardens, the site overlooks a historic landscape rich with beauty, inspiration and cultural heritage.
The architectural language of the house is designed to offer a flexibility of use and experience, with the possibility of different scenarios of access and circulation within its adaptable structure.
Evolving from a critical appreciation of the villages’ traditional vernacular, the design flirts with its landscape and at times challenges it. The volume of the upper level is sensitive to the typology of the traditional stone house and the relationship it has to the expanse of the large open terrace cantilevering out to embrace the valley, encircling the house and extending its interior spaces out to meet it.
A Collaboration at RAB Architects
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