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Junya Ishigama on the cover of the October 2019 issue of Azure Magazine. The Innovators Issue.
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The Twist, Bjarke Ingels Group

It’s called The Twist. Toeing the line between architecture and art, Bjarke Ingels Group‘s addition to the Kistefos Museum traverses the Randselva River – some 60 kilometres north of Oslo – and completes the gallery’s outdoor sculpture park circuit.

Built on the site of a historic pulp mill, The Twist spans the river in a spiral of aluminum panels. It’s a dramatic effect, and a clever response to its context. While the Randselva’s southern bank is relatively low-lying, the opposite side is hillier terrain. BIG’s bridge negotiates the changing topography in a 90-degree turn; the more vertical south volume contorts into an elevated, more horizontal, shape on the northern bank.

The result is a fluid, sinuous form. Fanning out from a rectangle, the bridge’s thin aluminum panels gradually shift above the river. The cladding emphasizes a sense of aesthetic unity and plays up The Twist’s sculptural presence. At the heart of a sculpture circuit that includes work by the likes of Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, and Olafur Eliasson, it fits right in.

The Twist, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a close-up of the alumiunum panels

The transition seems just as smooth inside. In lieu of aluminum panels, the interior is finished in white-painted Douglas fir slats to create a similar ambiance; through gradual variation, the straight, rectangular pieces underline a kinetic effect.

A view of the gun barrel corridor

Approaching from the south, visitors pass through a sort of gun barrel corridor, with a panoramic window emerging as the bridge resolves back into a horizontal shape.

On both river banks, the building incorporates substantial new gallery space. While the south gallery is arranged as a group of enclosed “white cube” rooms, the north side opens out to full-length windows that overlook the landscape. A majestic vista unfolds across the horizon.

For the Kistefos Museum, The Twist also greatly improves circulation through the outdoor sculpture park. Previously, a single bridge across the river meant that any path through the park required doubling back at dead ends. With a second bridge, however, the whole of the park is accessed in a single loop. It’s an immersive journey – with a conspicuous new focal point.

BIG’s Sculptural Bridge Connects a Landscape of Sculptures

In Norway, the Kistefos Museum and sculpture park welcomes a dramatic new focal point.

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