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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Keyhole House in Kyoto, Japan by EASTERN design office

 
March 6th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 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!

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

  • Architects: EASTERN design office
  • Project: Keyhole House
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Site Area:90.81㎡
  • Total Floor Area:103.47㎡
  • Structural Engineering: EASTERN design office
  • Contractor:arcc
  • Photographer:Koichi Torimura
  • Software used: Vectorworks for drawings,and 3ds Max for making CG.

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

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.

 

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

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.

 

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

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?

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

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