A blazing summer sun drifts lazily across Abu Dhabi’s horizon. Its stare forces a stifling forty to fifty degrees on the Alhan restaurant patio. At a whopping, four hundred fifty meters squared this space forms over half the restaurant's total foot space and due to the solar curtain has of use during hot months.
To overcome this situation, Libart with the assistance of steel designer and system installer E.F.C.O. has created an extraordinary transformation in this area with its retractable weatherproof enclosure, allowing year around. This solution of the retractable roof gives them the freedom of outdoor and luxury of indoor. The retractable roof is glazed with reinforced multi-wall polycarbonate sheets, providing 99% ultraviolet radiation protection, excellent insulation for climate control spaces and good solar protection to allow in the optimal amount of sunlight without discomfort to the clients inside the enclosure. Motorized operations allow the roof to retract, creating a 75% opening from a central control unit which also has an automatic close function if there is rain or wind. Due to the new smoking regulations on closed spaces a simple extension wouldn’t have sufficed. With Libart retractable patio roofs, sliding glass side walls, all or part of the patio can be converted into an outdoor area.
Libart’s kinetic architectural solution allowed Alhan owner Mr. Aldarmaki year-round use of this restaurant patio for any occasion which he wishes. It nets him an amazing return for investment for allowing him to place more tables inside his restaurant. The collaboration of entrepreneur and Libart engineers provides the most unique dining experience in all of Abu Dhabi.