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The One – Ain Saadeh, designed by Polypod, is recognized at the International Property Awards


Polypod is pleased to announce that The One- Ain Saadeh was awarded Highly Commended Architecture Multiple Residence Lebanon and also Highly Commended Development Multiple Units Lebanon. 

The best developments, architecture and interior design from across the length and breadth of the Middle East were celebrated at the close of a two-day Property Summit at the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel in Dubai in October. The leading property professionals behind these outstanding projects were invited to attend the presentations of the Arabian Property Awards in association with Yamaha and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
These awards, combined with the other regional awards’ programmes for Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, the UK and the Americas, form the globally renowned International Property Awards ( Now in their 18th year, they are the world’s most prestigious property competition and cover residential as well as commercial categories.
Set in the rich urban culture of Hamra, Beirut, Polypod is a boutique design office with 12 full time designers that bridge multiple design disciplines in a collaborative and thoughtful manner. Polypod offers integrated design services in architecture, interior design, branding, web design, graphics, and information design for local and international clients.
Since its founding in 2006 as a boutique design studio, Polypod has won several international design awards such as the Graphis Letterhead 7 Gold Medal s (one in 2007 and two in 2012), the ReBrand100 Distinction Award (2009) and the IPA Highly Commended Architecture Multiple Residence in Lebanon (2012). []
The Site
The project is a vibrant living environment containing thirty villas that stretch over 36,500 square meters of native pines. Each villa emerges from terraces that retain, sustain, enrich, and expand a modern lifestyle. Uniting nature and modern living, the project seeks to preserve the environment and pine trees that canvas the abundant landscape.
The Commitment
The project aims to preserve the largest possible percentage of the existing native pines, with a commitment to replant a significant amount of trees to provide outdoor areas with abundant vegetation. As such, the project seeks to safeguard nature as a primary asset for healthy living. Emphasis on sidewalks, stairs, and interconnecting pedestrian pathways enhance neighborhood mobility. The street layout provides a quiet environment to encourage outdoor communal life.
The Villas
The concept of saving the trees and relying on them as a guide to create three main villa types translates into the use of modular architectural units. Branching from that idea, the approach benefits from the use of retaining walls to preserve the natural identity of the trees’ soil and land while remaining visually less imposing on the community. Landscape retaining walls merge with villa retainers, becoming one interconnected system.
Each Villa type sits differently on the topography as it adapts to the specifics of its surrounding. The natural terrain defines the type, location, and orientation of each villa. This siting takes advantage of the environmental conditions, such as the prevailing breeze, natural light and solar radiation. Environmental systems such as gas boilers, thermal panels and green fixtures further enhance the sustainability of the project.
The outcome presents a topographic reality conceived to move around in a contemporary, sophisticated way. The basic structure of each Villa is derived from a base composed of natural rough stone cladding the retaining walls and sliders. The introduction of wood on the Villa’s exterior emits a sense of warmth and harmony. The differentiated architecture allows the modules to be moved and mirrored leaving no two Villas alike.
The villas are comparable in terms of amenities yet sustain their own rhythm and space as a result of an environmentally responsive architecture. Open living spaces and a variety of material exterior and interior palettes allow for personalized and differentiated designs. Each villa offers open living and dining areas, at least three master suites, a den, a multipurpose room, and four covered parking spots, as well as a pool deck and private gardens.
Villa built areas range from 550-650 square meters.
The Recreation
To reflect the combination of healthy and luxurious living, the project safeguards clusters of trees to create a main outdoor recreation area and children’s playground emphasizing the link with the existing pristine environment. Indoor common facilities extend the recreational area and feature a large multipurpose hall, two squash courts, a half-basketball court, and a roof tennis court. The sports area enhances physical well being by providing outdoor running and recreational tracks.


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