SPIRAL is a place where people can drop by whenever they want to experience genuine art-to look at exhibits over a cup of tea, or enjoy a live concert while having drinks. Therefore, the SPIRAL building is designed to meet varied needs flexibly .
The architect of the building is Fumihiko Maki.
The basic elements of the design are "simple geometric forms" square, circle, equilateral triangle, and cone that symbolically represent modern design. For the exterior of the building, a variety of partial forms or shapes are arranged in a collage style. Furthermore, a large quantity of such materials as aluminum panels, glass, and metallic tiles are used, which plays a key role in generating its modernistic sharp atmosphere.
Inside the building, each floor from the first to the third can be used as public space with different functions. Visitors can move about as they like, enjoying events taking place simultaneously in this multi-purpose public space.In addition, the features of the SPIRAL building are the ample space designed for the esplanade connecting the open entrance up to the third f oor, and the cylindrical atrium with a spiral-shaped slope. All these serve to create a space where urbanites can relax.
In 1987, SPIRAL was selected by the American Institute of Architects as the winner of "R.S.Reynolds Award ", which is given to the world's most distinguished architecture of the year for the aluminum usage.
|1928||Born in Tokyo|
|1952||Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tokyo|
|1953||Master of Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art|
|1954||Master of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University|
|1956-1961||Assistant Professor, Washington University|
|1962-1965||Associate Professor, GSD Harvard University|
|1979-1989||Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Tokyo|
|1965-||Principal, Maki and Associates|
|Member, Japan Institute of Architects|
|Honorary Fellow, American Institute of Architects|
|Honorary Fellow, Royal Institute of British Architects|
|Honorary Fellow, Bund Deutscher Architekten|
|1958||Fellowship from Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in The Fine Arts|
|1963, 1985||Japan Institute of Architecture Award|
|1987||Reynolds Memorial Award for SPIRAL|
|1988||Wolf Prize, Israel / Chicago Architecture Award|
|1990||Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture, Charlottesville, Virginia|
|1993||The Asahi Prize / The Pritzker Architecture Prize / Quaternario Award /|
|UIA Gold Medal / Prince of Wales Prize in Urban Design|
|1998||Togo Murano Award, Murano Memorial Foundation|
|1999||Arnold Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture|
|2001||The Grand Prize of Japan Institute of Architecture|
|2010||AIA Gold Medal|