JOURNAL, MUSE

KATAMAMA: a little piece of Andra Matin’s mind palace

Katamama boutique Hotel is a fresh extension of the celebrated beachfront property in Bali, none other than Potato Head Beach Club. In which both projects are designed by Andra Matin

Writing this journal, I had ample amount of glee exploring the sister building of Potato Head that feels much like an oeuvre to me. 

From its facade, warm liners of raw bricks are aligned horizontally in such a discipline manner. Signifying how the geometrical construction truly epitomise modern architecture, with its fine craftsmanship and the use of natural material such slat solid timber seen all around. Somewhat reminded me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie house with its distinctive prairie style utilising its horizontal facade. 

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Together without losing the isle context of scenic tropical greens, the building itself is openly integrated with the surroundings. Floating above the green bliss, we got to experience different view of landscapes channeled through each level. 

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But what’s more striking to me is the umami feels in between each room. The spatial contrast that is represented by the means of colours: warm and cold, is a stranger thing! As if you’ve vested in the power to teleport, you really have different responses toward each space composition.

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Can’t skip my personal favourite, teehee of course it’s the bathroom! Unlike a lavish bathtub of luxury, this particular one is considered ‘ngalam‘ with a mindful approach to create reserved feeling to its user. Simply unrestricted having the grassy green just a thin glass away from sight. Certainly gives comfort feel: I’ve got plenty of nuttin’ but nuttin’s plenty for me!

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Cheers,

TINGLING

PS– This is not a hotel review of service and facilities nor a formal architecture analysis! Frankly, it’s a piece of love note to moments I’ve felt fond of, which I’d like to keep it vivid here! Of course with Mas Aang’s masterpiece as the medium. (Super admire his works and mind! Check out his IG and u’ll see a vast-vast jendela dunia)

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