The Architectural Equivalent Of A Spiral-Cut Glazed Ham

The Architectural Equivalent Of A Spiral-Cut Glazed Ham

Why bother with stairs and cutbacks when you’ve got ramps like these! Our friends at Oobject.com have 18 examples of these spectacular spiralling inclines.

Andalucia S Museum of Memory

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The spiral ramp at BMW Welt in Munch. Designed by the once uber trendy Architecture firm, COOP Himmelblau, this project is not their best.

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City Hall Staircase – London
Norman Foster building for London’s Mayor

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Cocoon HQ – near Zurich

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Fiat Lingotto Factory – Turin
The Lingottto factory is an overlooked wonder of the world, full of stunning structural concrete, such as this spiral ramp and, of course, the racetrack on the roof.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim
Possibly the most famous spiral in modern architecture

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Freyssinet S Pleasure – Tower for the 1937 Paris Exhibition
Freyssinet built some of France’s most interesting structures so this bizarre piece could have been a reality. A half mile high skyscraper with a spiral ramp for cars to ascend.

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Hanoi Museum

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Lubetkin S Penguin Pool
A modernist classic at London Zoo. Penguins look modernist, I guess.

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Parking garage – Berlin

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Parking garage – Brisbane, Australia

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Parking spiral from Concrete Quarterly

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Reichstag Spiral
To celebrate a new openness and democracy, Norman Foster’s renovation of the Berlin parliament is topped with a transparent spiral viewing gallery.

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Spiral Ramp – Corvair Aeronautics
A classic building by Pereira Luckman and one of the many iconic modern architecture images by Julius Schulman

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Spiral Ramp – Woking, England
Like the head of a shepherd’s staff.

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Tatlin’s Tower

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The Bicycle Apple Cycle Garage
A multi-storey bicycle garage in the Netherlands.

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Vatican Museum Staircase
The spaced treads make this famous staircase more like a ramp.

Looking for more delicious architecture? Try these beautiful spiral and floating staircases, or these helter skelters.