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The Twist: More Than Just A Bridge

The Twist Bridge in Norway
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu / Bjarke Ingels Group

Norway's experimentation with modern architecture continues. This bridge doubles as an art gallery in Norway's largest sculpture park.

‘The Twist’ spans the Randselva river at the Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park In Jevnaker. The park is located about 80km northwest of Oslo, near Hønefoss.

The old wood pulp mill, the oldest of its kind in Scandinavia, is now a museum of industry. But the site is just as well known for the sprawling sculpture park featuring works from Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, and Yayoi Kusama.

An ‘art bridge' in the forest

The wild riverside grounds now has a new attraction to add to the area’s appeal. The new ‘art bridge' completes the park’s cultural loop, allowing visitors to experience the outdoor artworks without needing to double-back.

Norway's new 'art bridge' from above
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu / Bjarke Ingels Group

Named ‘The Twist', it's the latest project from renowned Danish architects the Bjarke Ingels Group. It’s their first project in Norway and is already catching the attention of architecture fans around the world.

Twisting inside and out

From the outside, the aluminum clad structure contorts in its middle, creating the effect of a 90-degree twist. It first reminded me a little of the Turning Torso in Malmö.

Twist Bridge from Bjarke Ingels Group
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu / Bjarke Ingels Group

Inside the structure, the stacked aluminium panels are slightly shifted, creating a fan effect. But while the effect is eye-catching, the architects have designed the interior to put the focus where it’s deserved: the wilds of Norway. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows line one end of the bridge, giving those using the bridge a panoramic view of the river.

Inside The Twist
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu / Bjarke Ingels Group

A modern design for multiple uses

Creative Director Bjarke Ingels says the bridge spans several traditional categories: a museum, a bridge, and an inhabitable sculpture:

“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.”

The view from inside 'The Twist', Norway's newest bridge
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu / Bjarke Ingels Group

Temporary exhibitions are planned for the space, starting with ‘Hodgkin and Creed – inside out’. This exhibition pairs Howard Hodgkin with Martin Creed and features important works from public and private collections.

The bridge was officially opened in September with quite the party in attendance. Her Majesty Queen Sonja, His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Denmark Frederik, Prime Minster of Norway Erna Solberg, and Ministers Siv Jensen and Trine Skei Grande were all present.

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

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