Opened in Setempber 2019, the Twist is a modern architectural building created by Bjarke Ingels Group BIG: a museum, a sculpture, and a bridge. Situated at Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway, this 15,000-square-foot structure with a modern design is the perfect place for design and architecture-lovers to visit.
Presenting a unique design and an “impossible form”, this architectural building is a gallery that acts as a bridge with a stunning form of sculpture. Shaped as a lengthened rectangular block that has been twisted at its center, the contemporary architecture building spans the Randselva River, offering 1,000 square meters of gallery space, and implementing a culture walk around the property.
Monumental in size yet respectful of its natural surroundings, The Twist is a modern architecture masterpiece built by top architects around a historical wood pulp mill. According to Bjarke Ingles Founding Partner & Creative Director of BIG: “As a bridge, it reconfigures the sculpture park turning the journey through the park into a continuous loop. As a museum, it connects two distinct spaces — an introverted vertical gallery and an extraverted horizontal gallery with panoramic views across the river. A third space is created through the blatant translation between these two galleries creating the namesake twist. The resultant form becomes another sculpture among the sculptures of the park.”
Covered in a striated aluminum shell, the architectural building’s rectilinear volume is warped at a 90-degree angle in a feat of resourceful engineering. With a contemporary design, its curvaceous shape belies the utter lack of any curved element, as the twisting form has been created by a series of straight 40cm wide aluminum panels arranged like a stack of books. Also, according to the top architect: “Wherever you look, you see arches and curves, Fibonacci spirals and saddle shapes, but when you look closer you realize that everything is created from straight lines — straight sheets of aluminum, straight boards of wood”. The architectural building is recognized as an expressive organic sculpture composed of rational repetitive elements.
The unique new architectural building connects two forested riverbanks: dramatically torqued at its center, the structure with a modern design not only allows visitors to cross from one riverbank to the other but is also capable of hosting an international program of contemporary and modern art exhibitions.
Inside the contemporary architectural building, there is a museum that hosts diverse exhibitions and creative works of world-renowned and emerging artists and it will function as a natural extension of the exploration of the sculpture park.
Source: Yatzer and designboom
Photos by Laurian Ghinitoiu