Five Meters of Oceanic Beauty
Dawn arrives, we stand on the terrace that faces the sea. The soft ocean breeze brushes against our skin with warmth, like whispering a lover’s most intimate words. Residing in a charming fishing village in Kenting called Wanlitong, Casa Ostia is surrounded by the most beautiful intertidal zone and marine conservation areas. Homely and natural, the buildings are designed after old beach houses without much embellishments and decorated with antique wood, rusty metal, and mottled stone walls. No intentional exaggerations, only the simple and intuitive beautifications of greenery. The room names all ring with a poetic romance, such as “Kafka,” “Capri,” “Moonlight.” The rooms in Casa Aperta are designed with a mediterranean style, while the rooms in Casa Ostia—”Sirocco” and “Olive”—radiate with this wandering exoticism and Bohemian flair and are designed mainly for couples. With such distinctive styles, the guest house successfully built its popularity through the establishment of a positive image and effective social media management.
What’s Under the Sea
As dusk approaches, the glowing sun sets below the horizon like a golden phoenix spreading its technicolor wings and soaring above the reflective waters—how majestic and captivating! Walk into the water to swim with the tropical fish or take a stroll down the shore, enjoy your time at the beach for some fun while basking in the sun. Using the guest house as a medium, Klein Wu, the owner of Casa Ostia, actually majored in electronic engineering back in college. Enjoyed surfing and spending his time in nature, he decided to move to Kenting to run a guesthouse of his own. Opened for ten years and having established three different buildings by now, Casa Ostia now faces its biggest threat: climate change. Klein reiterates the importance of a symbiosis between humans and nature and aspires to utilize better software and client service to achieve his goal. Besides the guest house, he also wishes to take his customers on an adventure under the sea, to see the versatile nature of the creatures in the ocean. With the company of coral reefs, tropical islands, and sea turtles, his guests can better enjoy the warming hospitality and return to the city with a new understanding of what it means to live life.
A Slow Savor of Time
Invite nature into the living space, enjoy a cup of pour over, and lay back comfortably for a sunbath—Sea Turtle Cafe is the perfect place for both leisure and entertainment, to let time slip through the beams of sunlight. When designing Casa Ostia, Klein drew inspiration from Haruki Murakami’s travel narrative, “A Distant Drum.” From the moment of stepping into the guest house, any form of dismay and anxiety gradually dissolves and is replaced by an inner peace that seeks for the beauty in every detail. Waking up to the distant drums in the morning and finally understanding the owner’s aspiration to finish building the guest house, I allowed each scene and detail of Casa Ostia to be placed into a hall of memories, already anticipating for the next replay.