Atelier Pod Wins Two Awards At Unesco Headquarters In Paris At The Versailles Prize Ceremony


Atelier Pod is a luxury hospitality design firm established in Paris, 1999. Its founder, Lotfi Sidirahal, was awarded the UNESCO Versailles Prize for best hotel in Africa and West Asia for his “AnantaraJabalAkhdar” hotel in the Sultanate of Oman. Sidirahal also received the Best restaurant in Africa and West Asia special prize for his “Villa Gapi” restaurant and lounge in Casablanca, Morocco.

About Prix de Versailles 


Also known as the World Architecture Award for stores, hotels, and restaurants, the Prix Versailles is actively promoted and sponsored by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects. This year, the Prix Versailles marks its third edition with a highly prestigious jury: ManuelleGuatrand, Guo Pei, Toyo Ito (Pritzker 2013), Gilles Lipovestsky, Guy Savoy, Wang Shu (Pritzker 2012), and Minja Yang.

L’Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar
Sultanat d’Oman



Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort by Atelier Pod on Forbes


Shortly after itsinauguration last fall, AnantaraJabalAkhdar, starred in the popular BBC show Top Gear, with actor Matt LeBlanc racing a Ducati Superleggera motorcycle up that twisting highway to arrive just in time for sunset at Diana’s Point.

The point is named after the Princess of Wales who visited in the ’80s and lingered over the view herself.


The extensive nature of the Jabal Al Akhdar campus manages to host 115 rooms and villas, the architect Lotfi Sidirahal from Atelier Pod has drawn from his French-Moroccan backgroundmany Omani motifs throughout the resort, particularly in designing the riad-like central space off the lobby, with a shop and a library.

In all of the more than eighty rooms, the large majlis seating area is a foretaste into the traditional Arabic style of family living, and here date varieties and local fruits are set out, and even come with tiny illustrated booklets explaining their characteristics.


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Atelier Pod at the 2016 Edition of Equip’Hotel Paris


Atelier Pod will be participating in EQUIP’HOTEL 2016 in Paris as the official Design Consultant in collaboration with platform EH360.

The multi-awarded Design Studio collaborated on more than 20 hotel projects, and became a recognized design firm in hospitality referenced by renowned international hotel brands such as Accor, Fairmont Raffles, Carlson Rezidor, Anantara, Shaza by Kempinski, Paramount Hotels and others.

During this event, “Atelier Pod” is offering its expertise to assist Hotel Investors and/or owners with their hotel renovation projects and strategies, for this purpose, Atelier Pod issued a guide to assist Hoteliers in their renovation plans.

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