9/20/2011

Keyhole House, Kyoto, Japan by Eastern Design Office

Here I am in Tokyo for three months. I am thinking of developing some projects but I can't say more right now.
Here is a small-scaled housing project, in Kyoto, Japan, namely "Keyhole House" design by a Japanese agency, precisely Eastern Design Office, to start our Japanese adventures.
Keyhole House, Kyoto, Japan © Eastern Design Office. Photography credit Koichi Torimura

The particularity of this Keyhole House is its triangular roof certainly in response to site conditions — the house is implanted along a narrow street in a crowded town —, or urban laws. Or might it be influenced by the Keyhole on the front facade.
Keyhole House © Eastern Design Office. Photography credit Koichi Torimura

Then the name of the project itself can be explained by this keyhole shape, mentioned above, on the front facade.
Sketch © Eastern Design Office. Photography credit Koichi Torimura

Implanted on a 103.47-square-meter plot, this simple yet very functional house has two storeys linked by stairs. It is also equipped with a terrace located in the second story.
Sketch © Eastern Design Office. Photography credit Koichi Torimura

The door is colored in a mix of red and purple as a color coding. Mortar and sumi ink are applied to the exterior walls.
Section © Eastern Design Office. Photography credit Koichi Torimura

The arrangement of windows provides maximum of natural light inside the house.

Building fact
Project: Keyhole House
Architect: Eastern Design Office
Project Area: 103.47 sqm
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Photographs: Koichi Torimura
Number of storeys: 2

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