Shimane Arts Center “Grand Toit”
Shimane Arts Center “Grand Toit” is a complex cultural facility that comprises of an art museum and a theater. A characteristic feature of the building is the use of roofing tiles not only for the roof itself, but also throughout the external wall. There are three important production areas of roofing tiles in Japan, one of which is in the area where this center is located. Since this particular roofing tile is fired at high temperatures of 1200-1300 degrees Celsius, they are strong against the cold, do not allow water to pass through, and are solidly firm. Furthermore, they are a reddish color due to the nature of the soil that is used to make them. By utilizing local materials in a way that goes beyond common practice, the building is established as that which is simple yet at the same time unique.