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!

Keyhole house / eastern design office

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

・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.

Keyhole house / eastern design office

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.

Keyhole house / eastern design office

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?

Project Details:

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Type: Residential Houses
Architects: Eastern design
Site Area:90.81㎡
Total Floor Area:103.47㎡
Structural Engineering: EASTERN design office
Photographer:Koichi Torimura

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