The Twist, the first BIG project in Norway

In the serene landscapes of Jevnaker, Norway, along the meandering Randselva River, stands an architectural and artistic marvel known as “The Twist.” This structure, the first project by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in Norway, is a fusion of art, architecture, and nature. It opened its doors as both a bridge and a unique space for contemporary art.

Design and Structure

The design of “The Twist” is both intriguing and innovative. The structure twists at its center, resembling a torqued bridge. This twist not only makes it an architectural wonder but also integrates it seamlessly into the surrounding natural beauty. It spans 1,000 square meters and serves a dual purpose: as a contemporary art institution and a connecting infrastructure between two forested riverbanks.

The Cultural Significance

“The Twist” is not just a bridge or an art gallery; it’s a cultural landmark. It plays a pivotal role in completing the cultural journey through northern Europe’s largest sculpture park, Kistefos. The park itself is a testament to the harmonious blend of nature, art, and industry.

Artistic Perception

Visitors to “The Twist” experience a unique perspective. As they walk through the gallery, the experience is akin to moving through a camera shutter, with changing views and lights, offering a dynamic interaction with art and nature.

The Twist in Photos

Photographs of “The Twist” offer a glimpse into its architectural beauty and the way it complements its natural surroundings. The structure, with its wooden path and glass walls, provides stunning views of the forest and river, making it a photographer’s delight.

“The Twist” at Kistefos is more than just a piece of architecture; it’s a journey through art and nature, a bridge that connects more than just two riverbanks, but also people, cultures, and artistic expressions. It stands as a testament to human creativity and its ability to enhance the beauty of the natural world.