Japan’s New Waterfront Building Kind of Looks Like Cousin Itt

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Is it just me, or does this new building in Aomori look like a rectangular version of everybody's favorite Adam's Family member?

That's probably not what Molo, d/dt and Frank la Riviere Architects Inc. had in mind when they designed the Nebuta-no-ie Warasse, with 12-meter-tall steel ribbons running around the entire building. It opened in January in honor of the paper lantern celebration that takes place in Aomori every August. Each year, the festival's five best paper floats will win a spot on display in the bronzy building. Here's to hoping the first set is just as strange and shiny as the building they'll be housed in. [ArchDaily]