Kistefos art museum. kistefos. norway. 2015.

The new Kistefos Museum is located in the Kistefos Sculpture Park, by the river Randselva in Jevnaker. Built around a historical paper mill, the sculpture park occupies both embankments of the river and exhibits works by Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Fernando Bottero and Elmgreen & Dragset.

From architect BIG: 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: a vertical stack of galleries for media, paintings, and sculpture to the south – and a horizontal, open gallery, ideal for sculptures and large installations to the north. The warped geometry of the building volume merges the vertical and horizontal in a single motion, forming a fanning staircase inside.

As local engineer, our task is to assist AKT II in the daily development of the project. DIFK is the engineer of record.

BIG / ELEMENT Arkitekter
Research lab
Civil engineer
Energy engineer
Max Fordham
Davis Langdon
Plannning consultant
Laurian Ghinitoiu