Keyhole House – Kyoto Residence, New Property in Japan

Kyoto House, Japanese Residence, New Property in Japan, Photos

Keyhole House, Japan : Kyoto Residence

Contemporary Japanese Home – design by EASTERN design office

4 Sep 2011

Keyhole House

Design: EASTERN design office

The facade of this house has the shape of a keyhole. A key to open “my house”, which is standing along a narrow street of a crowded town, is designed as a key itself on the façade of this house. A house can be called a key, which will open up your life happily. Such a small key, this house is a key!

The site is in Kyoto, Japan. It is a small house for four people and two cats. It has only 100 square meters of floor space.

Keyhole House - Kyoto Residence
photograph : Koichi Torimrua

It is standing alone in the corner of a small parking lot like a table left behind at the seaside.

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photographs : Koichi Torimrua

・The façade is marked by a window shaped like a key.
・Mortar with sumi ink is applied to the exterior wall.
・Simple color coding. Red and purple are used as an accent.
・The triangle roof.
・Random arrangement of small windows.
・The edge to make the shape of this house clearer.

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photographs : Koichi Torimrua

There is a thin steel eave which is fixed to the façade of this house as if it is floating, and a key-shaped slit like a “picture”, crossing over the eave. A red wine-colored door. These are laid out like a beautiful pattern designed on a jewel box.

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photographs : Koichi Torimrua

You sometimes will see a cat lying by the window at this house. You wonder what she is watching. Do you still have a naïve heart with a key to open this house?

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photographs : Koichi Torimrua

Keyhole House Kyoto – Building Information

Data: Keyhole House
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Architect: EASTERN design office
Site Area: 90.81 sqm
Total Floor Area: 103.47 sqm
Structural Engineering: EASTERN design office
Contractor: arcc

Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Keyhole House images / information from EASTERN design office

EASTERN design office

Location: Kyoto, Japan




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