This Japanese House Is Entirely Clad in Aluminum

Talk about tin foil hats: this house is for the truly paranoid. Sitting in a small provincial town near Tokyo, this house is clad entirely in a soft metallic coat of aluminum.

The brainchild of Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori, Soft-Hard Aluminium House is covered in a kind of quilted aluminum. Flanked by normal residential dwellings, the place really stands out—especially with its dramatic cantilever. And, uh, the fact it's wrapped in foil.

Interestingly, inside it's all white plaster and wood, which is somewhat at odds with the exterior, and the outward facing design also means that the windows are few and small, too. Still, at least the neighbours won't be stealing the Wi-Fi. [Terunobu Fujimori via Design Boom]

Photo by Maria Novozhilova; check out shots of the home's interior at her site