Kistefos Museum

The scenic Kistefos Sculpture Park is situated at Jevnaker an hour north of Oslo, it was established in late 90´s with an impressive collection of works by internationally renowned contemporary artists including Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Fernando Bottero and Elmgreen & Dragset. Built around a historical paper mill, the sculpture park occupies both embankments of the river, with an old bridge serving as the only crossing. After an invited competition the renowned BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group has been assigned to design the new Kistefos Museum. The proposal is conceived as a simple beam that spans the Randselva to connect the two edges of the site, becoming a second bridge for the Sculpture Park. A simple twist in the building’s volume allows the bridge to lift from the lower forested area towards the south, up to the hillside area in the north. This creates a series of interconnected spaces in the 1400 m2 museum as in a vertical stack of galleries for media, paintings, and sculpture, and a horizontal, open gallery ideal for sculptures and large installations. “We were instantly fascinated by the dramatic landscape of Kistefos – the winding river, forested riverbanks and the steep topography. Our proposal for a new Art Museum in Kistefos acts like a second bridge in the Sculpture Park, forming a continuous loop across both riverbanks. The museum visit itself will be a bridge, not a goal – and the exhibits inside an interior extension of the promenade through the Sculpture Park. With the inhabited bridge, we stumbled upon our first experiment with social infrastructure – a building that serves as a bridge – or a cultural institution that serves as a piece of infrastructure.” Founding Partner, Bjarke Ingels. BIG worked in collaboration with consultants AKT II, Max Fordham, Davis Langdon and GCAM on the design. Construction is expected to begin in 2016 and complete in 2019. KIS images by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group.