ERCO LED lighting tools illuminate Bjarke Ingel’s spectacular new museum building ‘The Twist’

The architects from BIG have constructed a connection spanning the Randselva River in the Norwegian sculpture park Kistefos in the form of an artistically twisted gallery building. ‘The Twist’ consists of exhibition areas for alternating works of art, illuminated in a contemporary way with Parscan spotlights and lens wallwashers from ERCO.

Christen Sveaas opened the Kistefos sculpture park in 1999, and is now considered to be one of the most important sculpture parks in Scandinavia. The new building, designed by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group architects, supplements the location with an architecturally unusual exhibition space. The 60 metre wide constructive bar bridges the gap between the lower south bank and the higher north bank of the river. It also serves as a gallery building with three exhibition areas on around 1,000 square metres.

Within the complex construction the architects intended to create an impression of space that was as homogeneous as possible, allowing no superfluous detail to distract from the exhibits. A lighting installation consisting of white Parscan lens wallwashers and spotlights was installed on white track in precisely milled sections within this cladding, appearing as an integral component of the interior. The Parscan spotlights can be equipped with different optics and can be adapted to the specific artworks of the temporary exhibitions. The wallwashers on the other hand were mounted to extra-short sections of track – “It’s how we make sure they’re never moved into the wrong position,” explains lighting designer Thea Collett from Light Bureau Norway.

Morten Jensen, Country Manager at Light Bureau Norway comments, “Our holistic approach to the lighting concept accounts for the spectacular architecture, the art it displays and the people involved to an equal extent. By placing the focus on wallwashing we achieve a lighting effect that is as uniform as possible and that optimally emphasises the architecture.”

Parscan spotlights and lens were selected because of their precise and flexible lighting technology; their glare control also ensures a high level of visual comfort for visitors. The ERCO products also managed to win over the lighting designers and architects from an aesthetic point of view: the minimalist design with its simple cylindrical form means that the different types of luminaires within the Parscan range adopt a highly uniform, discreet appearance in the spectacular exhibition spaces.

Client:                                 Kistefos Museum

Architecture:                       BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen/ Denmark

(Partner in charge: Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle; head of project: Eva Seo-Andersen; project architect: Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard)

Lighting Design:                   Light Bureau, part of AFRY, Oslo/Norway (former ÅF Lighting)

Electrical Planning:               Rambøl1/ Strøm-Hansen

Interior Design/

Exhibition Design:                Guy Robertsen

Products:                             Parscan

Photo credits:                      © ERCO GmbH,

Photography:                       Tomasz Majewski, Oslo/Norway



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