I've been going down to Masuda a lot recently so I took the opportunity to revisit Grand Toit with a wide-angle lens.
Grand Toit, from the French for "Big Roof" is the unofficial name of the Shimane Arts center, so named because the building is clad in locally produced kawara, rooftiles.
Opened in 2005 and designed by Naito Hiroshi, I must admit that the building has grown on me. The light inside, and the space of the internal pool are very nice, though the overall form of the building from a distance is still not appealing to me.
This time I paid to go in and see an exhibition in the main gallery, but as yet I have not been inside the auditorium.
My favorite aspect of the building though is the highly polished wooden floor and its reflections. I'll post more of those shots later.
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