The Twist, the inhabitable bridge that twists around itself
Designed by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, The Twist is the closed bridge that connects the two banks of the river Randselva and used as an art gallery.
One of the Norwegian tourist attractions, an hour’s drive from Oslo, is the Kistefos Sculpture Park, which houses an industrial museum, art galleries and a sculpture park. The Kistefos is cut by the Randselva River, which separates a flatter part from a more hilly part. Inspired by the conformation of the territory and the river, the architecture studio BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group has designed The Twist, a closed structure that acts as both an art gallery and a bridge.
The Twist, defined by Bjarke Ingels himself as an “inhabitable bridge“, can be reached on foot through the woods and was created as a natural extension and completion of the sculpture park.
The real challenge that the architects had to face was to connect two banks of different heights with a closed structure.
The obstacle was faced by literally twisting the bridge in the middle over itself by 90°. In this way, if the façade on one side measures 16 meters wide and 9 meters high, the façade on the other side will measure 9 meters wide and 16 meters high.
In addition, the architects of BIG have thought of creating one of the 4 walls entirely of glass that, thanks to the rotation of the building, on the right bank, forms the side window overlooking the river, while on the left bank becomes a skylight. In this way, inside, it is as if three different rooms were formed, one illuminated only half a day, one always illuminated and one, the central one, illuminated with artificial light.
Walking along The Twist will be like taking a walk in a world that bends over itself, constantly changing shape.