Tiles Are Made By Firing Earth
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August 17, 2022

Tiles Are Made By Firing Earth

The Mosaic Tile Museum in Taijimi, Gifu prefecture is a unique building by Terunobu Fujimori.

The Mosaic Tile museum in Tajimi, Gifu by architect Terunobu Fujimori, who believes that earth is the most fundamental material for structure stands out in its shape and texture in the industrialized city. The façade of the museum is an ode to earth, and is embedded with all sorts of tiles. Roof tiles are used on the side, and the contours are defined by pine trees.

"Tiles are made by Firing Earth."

Tajimi in Gifu is known for its ceramics and tiles and Terunobu Fujimori is an international acclaimed architect. While tiles are disappearing in Japanese houses, old townhouses and houses in the countryside still have bathrooms and kitchens, that are filled with colourful and uniquely designed tiles.

Museum Front in Tajimi, Gifu by Terunobu Fujimori
Stairs in the Museum with a Golden Light
Tiles from a traditional Japanese house
Broken Tiles from traditional Japanese houses
Zoomed In Tiles from a table
Vintage tiles mounted on a wall
Vintage tiles mounted on a wall
Zoomed in tiles on a wooden table
Zoomed in tiles on a wooden table
Zoomed in tiles on a wooden table
Broken off tile stone displayed
Broken tiles displayed
small tiles displayed in ash colors
Tiles in a bronzed produc
Texturized museum wall
hanging tiles from ceiling as display
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The museum opened its doors in 2016 and has attracted many visitors since the opening. The museum showcases different tiles and forms that were collected over the years by volunteers, who started seeing a decline in tiles. Children and adults can also enjoy workshops and learn about the history of the unique tiles of Tajimi.


photos by Masaaki Ota

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