Keyhole House

  “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. 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.

  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.

  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?

  Data:Keyhole House

  • Location:Kyoto, Japan
  • Site Area:90.81㎡
  • Total Floor Area:103.47㎡
  • Structural Engineering:EASTERN design office
  • Contractor:arcc
  • Photographer:Koichi Torimura