Stone detail: Sliding walls let the coolness into the house in the morning and seal it off from the heat in the afternoon

Rab architects: DK House. Photo: Rab architectsRab architects: DK House. Photo: Rab architects

A modern construction method as a “critical appreciation“ of Lebanon’s traditions is shown by the DK House in the village of Deir el Qamar, we had written in our main article. A prominent aspect of the modern are the two sliding walls on the upper floor: other than a movable window, they support the normal insulation of the outer walls.

It is a tubular steel structure clad with 2 cm sandblasted travertine cladding (51 kg/m²). In the window openings Iroko wooden louvers protect from the sunlight.

The large sliding wall measures 6 m x 3 m and weighs about 2 t (110 kg/m²).

The wall is moved by a motor and runs on a rail, as known from access gates.

The wind load must also be taken into account for such constructions. It is the same here as for the large aluminum windows.

Rab architects

Rab architects: DK House. Photo: Julien Harfouche, Tony EliehRab architects: DK House. Photo: Julien Harfouche, Tony Elieh

(14.06.2021, USA: 06.14.2021)