Light Fantasia in a Fair-Faced Concrete Space
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Light Fantasia in a Fair-Faced Concrete Space
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Discover the wonder of the lodging.
On this day, you follow the silhouette of some glimmers and come to Back Bay by the mountains and the sea. Between the blue sky and a large piece of grassland next to the fishing port, Fa Haus is standing as a low-key fair-faced concrete building with a double facade. The curved building bodies are arranged in a haphazard way and wrapped by the square-shaped exterior walls. When you come closer with sunset following your steps, just push the door open, then you will enter a fascinating land of lights. Feeling like you are breaking into a secret labyrinth of art, you never know what kind of scenery you will meet with the next turn. Fa Haus, by the mountains and the sea at Back Bay, transforming the light and fair-faced concrete into the enchanting time and space.
Red copper tunnel of starlight and a laid-back afternoon
Behind the thick door, the red copper ceiling is dotted with star-like lights, forming a tunnel of the milky way. The fair-faced concrete wraps your holiday with a delicate feel. Here, the mobile phone might lose signals. In the quietness of the detached house, you can hardly hear any sound, as if you are left alone in this space. However, when you look up, you’d find the sunshine pour in through a few transparent skylights and the rainwater just flows by lightly. Although being aloof from the world outside, you are accompanied by nature. This ingenious concept is developed by the designer of Fa Haus, Chunyi Hsu.
The hosts, Jeam and Jean, step out from behind the counter, warmly greeting you. You may pick up a magazine and sit by the wide wooden table with beams of light shining through the thin rectangular holes on the wall. The silhouette of yours against the light also form into a scenery. Over a cup of coffee, it’s time for you to listen to the sound of your heart.
Five rooms with five artistic space of fair-faced concrete
Five rooms are located from the first to the third floor and can be reached by taking the elevator or the winding stairs. The view of the mountains or the sea wouldn’t rush impetuously into your eyes, but you may meet them in an unexpected way with surprises. Fa Haus is like a fantasy in the lost space, you must explore for yourself to find the dreamland of your yearning.
Room 301 is like an art gallery, with a soft white bed sitting by the floor-to-ceiling windows by the entrance. Passing through the corridor of light, you enter the large living room basking in the sunlight. Through the interspersed round holes on the walls, you may see the starry sky at night. In the afternoon, the slanting sunlight shines on the pale gray wall, allowing the room and nature to perform a silent show of wonder. A small wooden door just like from the Hobbit house in the movie Lord of the Rings, is installed on the curved wall, leading to a secret paradise for children. Or you may rest in the cave-like 302 room, which is created with the uniquely processed curved fair-faced concrete. When you enjoy a hot bath, you can enjoy the ocean view from the black stone bathtub, accompanied by the freehand brush strokes painted by the mountains and the water.
While you feel the wind and admire the lovely pond in Room 201, the wooden living room is embraced by the zen of sound of sea waves. Or you may draw the floor-to-ceiling curtains open and step onto the glass floor of Room 202, entering the warm space of irregular fair- faced concrete with the fragrance of wood. In the evening, the spacious double room on the ground floor offers you the exclusive front and back yard. And you can even enjoy the open- air bathing pool while feeling the breath of the sea with smooth music playing from the BOSE speaker in the background. Here, you may embrace the exclusive holiday with good taste.
The movie night by the grassland and the wonderful morning interwoven by love and care
When you return Fa Haus at night, you will find the Shimmering Grassland next to the lodging just glows with warm lights. And if you get lucky, you may bump into the Mojito van and will be able to enjoy a tipsy moment. As the flat gray sidewall can be used as a projection screen, just sit down on the grass and watch a classic movie or an exciting ball game, savoring the wonderful atmosphere of the Back Bay community.
Open your eyes in the morning, the tranquility of the fair-faced concrete is like the shallow waves climbing over the walls to wake you up. Going downstairs, Jeam and Jean have prepared a hearty breakfast for you on the large wooden table, sometimes a savory rice ball in Chinese style, sometimes a Western-style healthy toast, with vegetables grew by the local farmers and side dishes attended by Jean. Enjoying the breakfast and chatting with Jeam, you’ll learn the building process of Fa Haus, that he personally padded the surface voids of fair-faced concrete and climbed high to clean glass windows. You would feel their love and sincerity permeate all over the place.
After you say goodbye to Fa Haus, the mountains and the sea are as calm as ever. Close your eyes, you feel like as if you are still wandering in that dreamland of fair-faced concrete. You will never forget the beauty of the light beam of a glimpse in the afternoon and the quiet conversation with your heart.
Meet the moving story of the host.
Nestled on the Back Bay beach, the fair-faced concrete building of Fa Haus concealed an ambience of isolation, leaving us a feeling that we would not meet anyone behind that door. However, our imagination about the space was dissolved by the appearance of the hosts Jeam and Jean. Jeam, a little shy but funny, in his polo shirt, popped up from behind the counter, and our surprised looks just made him laugh quietly. Lovely Jean, also in her casual outfit, walked with cheerful steps and greeted us in her resounding voice, as her cordiality just built up the bridge between us. Chatting with them was like talking to the couple next door, warm and comfortable. At that moment, we seemed to be brought closer to this unique and mysterious house.
Love without fearing troubles, as I will fix you
As we sat by the large wooden table on the ground floor, Jean poured some cold honey water for us. The heat just faded away, as the peacefulness inside Fa Haus keeps all the hustle and bustle out. Jeam sat down with a coy look, telling us about his encounter with Jean. While he often forgot the details, Jean remembered exactly what it was like when falling in love as every other romantic woman. While bickering and bantering with each other, the couple pieced together their love story for us, starting from thirty years ago.
Originally from Kaohsiung, Jeam began to work as an apprentice in a restaurant when he was a teenager. He started to learn about Japanese cuisine and seafood, and his excellent skills just made up for his being slow of speech. (In fact, we were impressed by his exquisite craftsmanship from the fruit carving served in the breakfast at Fa Haus!) Later, he went to work at his brother’s car maintenance factory. Once, he was assigned to repair some machine at the wood factory in Kaohsiung owned by Jean’s family. “He ended up bringing me home,” Jean said with a smile, and Jeam immediately added, “I was picked up by you!” In our laughter, the facts were not traceable anymore, but no matter who fell in love first, the most commendable would be their love and companionship all the way to the present. The first movie they went together was I Love Trouble. Afterward, from getting along to understanding each other, and seeing each other as a sweet trouble, they decided to live and work together in the family wood factory. Jeam’s honesty and sensibility were what attracted Jean the most. Not only were they able to rely on each other, but they were able to unburden themselves to each other, which was not commonly-seen in traditional families.
From the light to Fa Haus, from exterior to interior, employing the exquisite construction method
As the couple loved travelling, their footprints have reached almost every country in the world. As they admired architectures and savored the life on the road, the idea to integrate travelling into life had sprouted. With fifteen-year experience in the wood industry, Jeam first came to Kenting as proposed by Jean’s brother. There they ran a hotel as partners, while Jeam also worked as the hardware manager, supervising the construction of their first fair-faced concrete lodging called “The Light.” It was also during that period, accompanied by the wonderful atmosphere of Kenting, that Jeam fell in love with everything in architecture. Thus he went observing architectures of various countries and delved into the construction methods. And at the other end, Jean was also devoted to the family’s wood factory, as the couple agreed that after saving enough money, they would move to Kenting where the air was fresh and start a new life there.
Eventually, in 2015, the couple bought a piece of land in Back Bay and retired from the wood industry and the partnership business. Jeam said frankly, “I used to co-own things with others, now that I have my own b&b, I will hold on to my principles.” From The Light to Fa Haus, Jeam once again brought the architect Chunyi Hsu on board. Hsu was good at integrating the beautiful lights with the fair-faced concrete and boldly challenging the architect’s mindset. The process of their communication was just like “the mission impossible,” as described by Jeam, who also loved to challenge himself. Repeatedly communicated with the designer for more than a year before finalizing the plan. In the meantime, Jeam also went to Japan with the designer to study Japanese aesthetics of architecture, learning from the expert for the suitable cement mix, and constantly explore the construction methods, all in order to create the one- and-only building of wonder. As The Light attracted visitors with its striking appearance of the fair-faced concrete, after years of exploration for inspiration, Fa Haus has internalized the concrete structure into its interlaced interior space with the more ingenious transformation of light and shadow. Fa Haus had a simple look but with surprises hidden inside, just like Jeam, a man with bottled-up talents. In the process of supervising the construction, he was even more involved, from personally padding the surface voids of fair-faced concrete to climbing high to clean glass windows, the dream lodging was finally realized. When visiting Fa Haus, one would feel their love and sincerity.
Falling in love with fair-faced concrete and his wife, both are the feasts to the eyes
“I fell in love with fair-faced concrete at first sight! I like its elegance, just like the makeup- free look of my wife, I’d never get tired of looking at.” What lied behind the joke was the romantic feeling towards architecture and his wife. Jeam recalled that the most romantic thing he has ever done probably would be building this house for Jean. When one took a close look of the logo of Fa Haus, it looked like an image of the building sitting in the glow of the sunset, but when looking at a distance, it looked like Jean’s pretty face in profile, smiling brightly. Jeam’s fondness for fair-faced concrete was like Jean’s longing for a simple life, so the couple chose to lead a slow life and build their dream home by this charming beach.
“Let’s stand closer together!” When we took a photo for the couple, Jean smiled shyly like a little girl, but Jeam, who originally was the shy one, stretched out his arms and pulled her closer to himself. At the moment when the shutter clicked, Jeam’s eyes turned into crescents as he grinned, and Jean leaned against him as time has gone back to the past. From lovers to becoming a family, the optimistic couple supported each other, and the warmth of their companionship also heated up Fa Haus and the hearts of the travellers.
Guests: 2 people
NTD 4,800 ~ 6,300/room
Breakfast included, On the 1st floor, Indoor 83 m2、Outdoor 76 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 king-size bed, Bathtub for Two, Up to 2 extra person (with extra bed) (more)
Guests: 2 people
NTD 5,300 ~ 6,800/room
Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, Ocean View, In-room bathroom, 1 king-size bed, Bathtub for Two, Up to 2 extra person (with extra bed) (more)
Guests: 2 people
NTD 4,300 ~ 5,800/room
Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, Indoor 43 m2, Ocean View, In-room bathroom, 1 king-size bed, Bathtub for Two, Extra person is not allowed (more)
Guests: 2 people
NTD 4,300 ~ 5,800/room
Breakfast included, On the 3rd floor, Indoor 53 m2, Ocean View, In-room bathroom, 1 king-size bed, Bathtub for Two, Extra person is not allowed (more)
Guests: 4 people
NTD 7,300 ~ 8,800/room
Breakfast included, On the 3rd floor, Indoor 89 m2, Ocean View, In-room bathroom, 1 king-size bed, 1 double bed, Bathtub for Two, Up to 2 extra person (with extra bed) (more)
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No. 161, Houwan Rd., Checheng Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan
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