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
1991 Design Award
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
Hillside Terrace Complex I-VI(1969-92), Spiral(1985), National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto(1986), Fujisawa Municipal Gymnasium(1984), Makuhari Messe I(1989), Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium(1990), Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus(1990-94), Kirishima International Concert Hall(1994), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts(San Francisco, USA 1993), Isar Büro Park(Munich, Germany 1993), Natori Performing Arts Center(1997), Toyama International Conference Center(1999), TV Asahi Headquarters(2003), The National Institute for Japanese Language(2005), Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo(2006), Mihara Performing Arts Center(2007), Republic Polytechnic(Singapore2007), The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat(Ottawa / Canada 2008), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Arts and Science Building(Cambridge / USA 2009), The University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Public Policy Center(Philadelphia / USA 2009), Tokyo Denki University New Tokyo Campus(2012), Machida City Hall(2012), Shizuoka City Shimizu Cultural Hall(2012)