Kilico / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

© Ken’ichi Suzuki

Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Location: Daikanyamacho, , Tokyo,
Area: 125 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Ken’ichi Suzuki

Belly House / Tomohiro Hata

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Architects: Tomohiro Hata
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Area: 43 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Hazukashi House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: Kyoto,
Architects In Charge: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Area: 93 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Tashiro 71 / Hideaki Takayanagi

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Architects: Hideaki Takayanagi
Location: , Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Area: 873 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Kolmio+LIM / Yusuke Seki

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Yusuke Seki
Location: Tokyo,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takumi Ota

I Find Everything / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Location: , Tokyo,
Area: 20 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Cocoon House / Studio Aula

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: Studio Aula
Location: , Nagano,
Architect In Charge: Mitsuru Yoshida,Kyoko Hoshina
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

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: Nasu, Nasu 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

© Hiroshi Tanigawa

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

Cnest / CUBO Design Architect

© Hiroshi Ueda

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

© Koichi Torimura

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

The Cave / Eto Kenta Atelier Architects

© Noriyuki Yano

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,
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: , 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.