Xerjoff Magazine

The Twist, a museum on the bridge

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Located inside a nature park in Norway, The Twist, designed by studio BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, is a spectacular sculpture-bridge that hosts a museum.

Its name is The Twist and is located in Norway, in Kistefos Sculpture Park, about 80 km away from Oslo, where some sculptures by international artists such as Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Lynda Benglis, Yayoi Kusama, Jeppe Hein and Fernando Botero are also located. It was built around a historic cellulose factory and is designed as a beam warped by 90 degrees in its central part to create a sculptural shape crossing river Randselva.

Fitted with wide glass windows, the covered bridge extends for 60 metres and hosts a 1000 sqm exhibition space ready to welcome contemporary art exhibitions. Thanks to the curved shape of its glass windows, the daylight penetrating in the museum gives life to a flexible and dynamic space creating three different galleries: a wide space lit by natural light with a panoramic view on the North side, a high and dark gallery with artificial lighting on the South side and in the middle, a sculptural space lit by zenith light. Many are the goals that studio BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group pursued designing this sculpture-bridge museum, among which that of preserving the industrial and natural heritage of the area and at the same time celebrating Norwegian art making it known to the world.