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DK House by rab architects


Office Name: rab architects

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Firm Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Completion Year: 2019

Gross Built Area: 900sqm

Project Location: Deir el Qamar, Lebanon

Program: Residential House

Lead Architect: Rani Boustani

Team Members: Chirine Sayegh, Elias Soueidi

Photographers: Julien Harfouche and Tony Elieh

Collaborating Companies:

Structural Engineer: BCDC consultants

Mechanical Engineer: Roger Kazopoulo

Electrical Engineer: Roger Njeim

Contractor: Jack Akiki Enterprise

Lighting Designer: Debbas Lighting

Products and Brands:


Lumeal by Technal


FLY by &Tradition

Develius by &Tradition

Lato by &Tradition

Swoon by Fredericia

Piloti by Fredericia

Soborg by Fredericia

Kitchen Counter:

At Home by Elmar

Sanitary: Bowl by Inbani

London by Jee-O

Single lever bath mixer by Hansgrohe

Lighting and Switches:

Sentido by Basalte

IC by Flos

Mini Mini by Luce Plan

POP chandelier by Oty Light

The project’s cladding is Travertino Silver Crema (selected from a stone quarry in Italy by Rani Boustani and the client. Supplied by GAF&co in Lebanon)

The design of DK house 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, Lebanon – 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 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 village’s 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.

DK house is characterized by its materiality. The use of an open book travertine cladding on its facades emphasizes its monumentality – the walls of the house slide and rotate to enable a flexible transition between privacy and openness.

The project’s interior follows the same logic by extending the travertine slab to the interior spaces; which, in turn, blurs the lines between the villa’s interiors and its surrounding landscape.

The main reception area is treated as an open travertine slab with interruptions of modular furniture allowing the client to create different arrangements within the house.

This flexibility in use is applied in the client’s master bedroom as well. Space is designed as an open platform that visually connects the shower to the village’s valley.

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