In the dramatic location of Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, north of Oslo, BIG architectural practice has designed the Kistefos Museum. The architects have designed the new building to act as a bridge fitting into and completing the exhibition route of the sculpture park. Kistefos Sculpture Park contains works by famous contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Fernando Bottero and Elmgreen & Dragset. The park is crossed by the Randselva and before BIG’s project, the only point in the park where visitors could cross the river was an old bridge.
The new building is an elongated volume joining the two banks of the river and twisting along its length, allowing the new building to link points at different heights and forming a series of interconnected spaces within it.
The entrance to the museum will be on the lower, southern side, in a space three floors high which offers visitors a quick glimpse of the building’s entire height, up to the opposite end, where the coffee shop will be located.
On the outside, the museum structure will consist of brushed stainless steel panels and insulating glass panels protected by UV reflective film to prevent sunlight from damaging the artworks on exhibit.
Architect: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
Collaborators: AKT II (Structural Engineering), Max Fordham (Energy, Sustainability), Davis Langdon (Cost Estimates, Benchmarking), GCAM (Museum Planning Consultants), MIR (Renderings)
Partner-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle
Project Leader (competition): Brian Yang
Team: Eva Seo, Alina Tamosiunaite, Ryohei Koike, Balaj Alin Iulian, David Tao, Marcelina Kolasinska, Ryohei Koike, Tiina Juuti
Location: Jevnaker, Norway
Images courtesy of BIG