Do The Twist

John Hill
18. September 2019
Photo: Laurian-Ghinitoiu

The Twist is a new building at Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway, that torques 90 degrees as it bridges the Randselva river. Photographs of the small, sculptural building indicate that it is one of the best buildings designed by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group in recent years.

Bjarke Ingels and his fellow architects at BIG have a penchant for formally diagrammatic designs: mountain-like apartment buildings, swirling pavilions, twisting towers, even a museum that looks like it was made with giant LEGO blocks. Twists seem to be a favorite among the numerous formal maneuvers in BIG's toolbox. With the new building-slash-bridge-slash-sculpture at Kistefos Sculpture Park going so far as naming itself The Twist, BIG might have finally achieved "peak twist."

The Twist opened today at Kistefos Sculpture Park with the exhibition Hodgkin and Creed - Inside Out. A few photos of the 1,000m2 building are below, but visit BIG's profile to see more photos and read the firm's description.

The Twist spans 60 meters across the Randselva river. (Photo: Laurian-Ghinitoiu)
With trees line both sides of the winding river, The Twist is really embedded in nature. (Photo: Laurian-Ghinitoiu)
Wall becomes ceiling, ceiling becomes wall, and a curling passage in the torquing space echoes the river below. (Photo: Laurian-Ghinitoiu)
A glass wall at the north end frames the winding river and a distant view of the Kistefos Museum. (Photo: Laurian-Ghinitoiu)

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