Spiral buildings have fascinated artists and architects since Biblical times, when the Tower of Babel was thought of, and in Medieval times depicted as a spiral tower, constructed according to Genesis by those living in Shinar seeking to reach heaven. Here are some great examples from Medieval illuminated manuscripts to the Headquarters of Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, by BIG.
Cornelis Anthonisz, The Fall of the Tower of Babel, etching, 1547
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Tower of Babel, 1565.
Bedford Hours, Folio 17v, Tower of Babel, 1410–30.
Great Mosque of Samarra (Iraq), 9th century.
The Guggenheim Museum, by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1959 (photo: Ezra Stoller).
Chapel of Thanksgiving, Dallas, by Philip Johnson, 1976.
Ribbon Chapel in Hiroshima, Japan, by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects, 2014.
Headquarters of Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, by BIG.