Copenhagen and New York-based architecture and design firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), has completed their first project in Norway, the Kistefos Twist Bridge. Located just north of the country’s capital of Oslo, the bridge traverses the winding Randselva river, tucked away within the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker. Maintaining itself as a bridge equally as a gallery space, the eye-catching bridge remains torqued at the center, forming an architectural structure that is as versatile as it is artistically appealing.
Aptly connecting two forested riverbanks with one another, the bridge allows for visitors to roam the sculpture park’s site-specific works, marking the end of the walking art tour that features projects from Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, and more. On top of the bridge’s purpose of connecting these opposite sides, it also doubles as an indoor exhibition space to showcase new works. Design-wise, the structure’s exterior has been built from 40cm aluminum panels, arranged like a “stack of books, shifted ever so slightly in a fanning motion.”
On the bridge’s northern end, a glass wall allows for a panoramic view of the river and nearby pulp mill, ever-so-slightly curved upwards to eventually form a wide skylight. This allows for the structure to separate itself into three distinct exhibition spaces: “a wide, naturally lit gallery with panoramic views on the north side; a tall, dark gallery with artificial lighting on the south side; and, in between, a sculptural space with a twisted sliver of roof light.”
You can check out Bjarke Ingels Group’s Kistefos Twist Bridge in the gallery above.
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