The new exhibition building designed by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group twists in its middle to create a seemingly "impossible" shape – and in the form of a 60-metre wide beam it bridges the Randselva river.
"As a museum, "The Twist" brings together two very different spaces – a vertical gallery without daylight and a horizontal gallery featuring panoramic windows," explains Bjarke Ingels, architect and founder of the BIG Bjarke Ingels Group.
Visitors can enter "The Twist" from both sides: from the north bank of the river they can enter the building's interior through a room with a panoramic view of the landscape. Parscan wallwashers and spotlights with a neutral white 4000K light colour create an almost completely homogeneous lighting effect in the exhibition rooms.
"These days a more uniform illumination for art is popular," says lighting designer Thea Collett from Light Bureau. "The architects of "The Twist" specified very well lit exhibition rooms and a highly uniform lighting effect, which is the reason why we decided to install Parscan lens wallwashers supplemented by discreetly used Parscan spotlights for a little extra light on the works of art."
The actual "Twist", the contorted middle section between the two exhibition spaces to the south and north of the building, is also displayed with exhibits. These are illuminated by Parscan spotlights with either spot or flood Spherolit lenses, mounted on track embedded in the wood panelling of the interior.
Parscan wallwashers with large lumen packages, supplemented by Parscan spotlights, illuminate the almost 9-metre high exhibition room in the south. From here, visitors cast their gaze through the entire building in a northerly direction.