An arts complex in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, with a performance hall, art gallery, cafe and shops.

A man and woman look at art in the ground floor gallery space of Spiral
The ground floor gallery space | Photo by Gregory Lane

Upon entering, there are shops to the left and right with a large cafe area taking up most of the ground floor. To the right of the cafe entrance, there are steps leading to the gallery space. Admission for exhibitions here is free.

The spiral ramp | Photo by Gregory Lane

The striking building was designed by Fumihiko Maki, focusing on simple geometrical forms representative of modern design. The building’s name comes from the spiral ramp at the rear of the building which leads to a design shop on the 2nd floor.

The glass roof of Spiral
The glass roof of Spiral | Photo by Gregory Lane

Natural light fills the rear of the building through a glass ceiling. Upper floors feature fancy restaurants with terraces.