Perched over 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon in Jabal Al Akhdar, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort was designed by Atelier Pod, the award-winning firm which specialises in creating strong identities, merging brand values and environment specificities. The studio was chosen to create the architecture and interior design of the resort, after being shortlisted amongst ten internationally recognised design companies.
The long inaccessible Jabal Al Akhdar, Arabic for “The Green Mountain”, is a towering massif on the Sultanate of Oman’s vast Saiq Plateau. The luxury resort is located on a 66,000 m² cliff edge plot, with a total built-up area of 24,000m² including 115 keys, six restaurants and lounges, a signature spa and recreation facilities.
Before embarking on the journey, Lotfi Sidirahal, Atelier Pod’s principle, spent several days with his team visiting the area in order to fully identify with the site’s locality on architectural, communal, and traditional scopes before initiating the resort’s design. The immersive excursion included meeting the mountains’ communities, re-drawing the architectural and landscape details of Birkat al Mawz and Jabreen fort, and of course exploring the primitive vernacular typologies that testify to the people’s historical lifestyle.