House Twisted / Alphaville Architects

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Architects: Alphaville Architects
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Area: 100.0 sqm
Photographs: Ichiro Sugioka, Kei Sugino, Courtesy of

Weekend House in Nasu / Minoru Masuda Architects and Associates

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Architects: Minoru Masuda Architects and Associates
Location: , District, Tochigi,
Area: 139 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Minoru Masuda Architect and Associates

House in Komae / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

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Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Lighting Design: Luxie, Mayumi Kondo
Area: 272 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Daici Ano

Piano House / NI&Co. Architects

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Architects: NI&Co. Architects
Location: , Aichi,
Area: 23.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Tanigawa

Cnest / CUBO Design Architect

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Architects: CUBO Design Architect
Location: Kanagawa,
Architect In Charge: Hitoshi Saruta
Area: 147.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Yasuno Sakata

Hanegi G – House / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

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Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Area: 99 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

The Cave / Eto Kenta Atelier Architects

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Architects: Eto Kenta Atelier Architects
Location: Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kenta Eto
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano

i.n.g / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: , Aichi, Japan
Area: 160.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

ImaI / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: Okazaki, Aichi,
Area: 69.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Dragon Court Village / Eureka

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Architects: Eureka
Location: Aichi,
Architect In Charge: Junya Inagaki, Satoshi Sano, Takuo Nagai, Eisuke Hori
Design Team: Kazutoshi Sugimoto(ex-staff), Yuki Nagasawa(ex-staff), Hiroyuki Tsukada(ex-staff), Kazunori Yamaguchi(ex-staff)
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ookura Hideki

Rem Koolhaas’ Current Fascinations: On Identity, Asia, the Biennale, & More

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In this interview, originally published in The Architectural Review, Andrew Mackenzie sits down with founder Rem Koolhaas to discuss the Venice Biennale, the extinction of national identities, his fascination with Asia, the link between De Rotterdam and Delirious New York, and the future of the profession.

Your proposition for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale asks whether national identity has been, as you say, ‘sacrificed to modernity’. Some might view this as a project of reclamation, not unlike Frampton’s regionalism. How would you differentiate your proposition from Frampton’s?

Well, Kenneth Frampton is a smart guy, but the problem is that he looked at regionalism as an antidote to cosmopolitan development. In so doing he perverted the cause of regionalism, because suddenly regionalism was mobilised as a private cause that it couldn’t sustain. However, the question of national identity is an open one. For instance, at first sight the Netherlands is a very internationalist country, but looking closely you can see an enormous return of, not vernacular, but quasi-vernacular architecture and quasi-old fortresses that are newly built with a national flavour. Look at Zaandam, and that huge assemblage of so-called vernacular buildings.

House in Daisen / Osumi Yuso Architects Office

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Architects: Osumi Yuso Architects Office
Location: Tottori,
Area: 75.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Ryo Hata

Shigeru Ban Selected to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

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Shigeru Ban was pulled from a selection of 238 competitors as the “best person” to design the new World Heritage Center in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. The 4,300 square meter structure is expected to cost up to ¥2.4 billion and complete in the year 2016. We will keep you posted as more details become available.

Shirokane House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
Site Area: 64.49 sqm
Area: 102 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Forward Stroke inc.

SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: 3 Chome-10-20 Minamiaoyama, , Tokyo, Japan
Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Kenji Miyahara, Hiroaki Akiyama, Yuteki Dozono, Masahiro Minami
Area: 293.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daici Ano, Courtesy of

Hinanai Village House / DYGSA

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Architects: DYGSA
Location: ,
Area: 91.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of DYGSA

4n House / ninkipen!

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Architects: ninkipen!
Location: Ikoma, Nara,
Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

House in Kitakarasuyama / Mizuishi Architect Atelier

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Architects: Mizuishi Architect Atelier
Location: , Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kota Mizuishi
Area: 91 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Tanigawa