Aoyama is an area of central Tokyo where all fashionable and artistic things together. Generally , upmarket youth-orientated shopping and cultural area of Aoyama are between Akasaka and Shibuya. Aoyama-dori and the area’s next best known street, Omotesando, have some of Tokyo’s best jazz clubs (Blue Note, body and seoul etc…), high quality shops, book stores boutiques, artistic markets and fashionable people around.
Today, I want to introduce the “Spiral” building where was built by 1985. You don’t definitely get bored and worth to go.
Spiral Building is a complex of cultural facilities established by Fumihiko Maki, internationally acclaimed Japanese architect, aimed at bringing together life and art. It is a multi-use building, with gallery space, multipurpose hall, cafe, restaurant bar, salon, and shops. The defining feature of the building is a spiral ramp that encircles the rear gallery space and climbs to the second floor. The exterior facade of aluminum and glass reflects the jumbled nature of the surrounding streetscape. Also known as the Wacoal Art Center, Spiral is a nexus of cultural life in Aoyama, presenting music, art, film, and theater events. The first floor gallery features changing exhibits, shows, dining and live music. The Spiral market on the second floor presents simple, high quality home furnishings based on an ‘eternal design’ principle. The store has six self-explanatory zones; lounging, eating, healing, working, wearing and wrapping. The market also regularly hosts the ‘Spiral Market Selection’ which displays clay, glass and fabric artifacts made by hand-picked, up and coming designers.
The cafe at first floor has been recommended by several gourmet magazines. It is a good place for visitors to take a rest while coming to Aoyama. For sure, you will spend quite long time in this building. Please check it out!