Between sculptural public toilets and expansive bicycle highways, Norway is a haven for high-design infrastructure. No surprise here, but the country also knows how to do a bridge. Feast your eyes on the Twist, a covered bridge so modern it looks like a rendering.
Bjarke Ingels Group’s latest project and its first in Norway, the Twist spans the Randselva river at the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway. The sprawling sculpture park, which features works by the likes of Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, and Yayoi Kusama, is the country’s largest, inhabiting a plot of wild land that includes the Randselva.
From the outside the aluminum clad structure contorts improbably in the center, creating its defining architectural moment. Inside, the wide aluminum panels stack on top of each other, slightly shifted, to produce a fan effect. The bridge is designed as a passageway, but it’s also designed for its specific location. Floor -to-ceiling class windows line the north end of the structure giving visitors panoramic views of the river before they pop out on the other side.