The Twist_Light Bureau_photo by Tomasz majewski

IALD Award of Excellence, 2020

Light Bureau receives the Award of Excellence at the 37th annual International Lighting Design Awards for the lighting design at The Twist.

The Twist is situated in the stunning Kistefos Museum Sculpture Park in Norway and spans across the Randselva River. The bridge twists through the scenic landscape as a natural extension of the existing sculpture park. This magnificent building, designed by BIG, acts as an artwork in itself and exhibits art inside its spacious and bright gallery.

The overall lighting concept is designed to minimize reflections in the panoramic window to ensure the best view for visitors both outside and inside The Twist. As daylight enters through the curved panoramic windows electric lighting smooths out the luminance contrasts in the space whilst adding an extra glow to the exhibited art.

 “I am very satisfied with the simple and clean lighting solution we have created. It provides a nice experience without any excessive lighting or special effects. We are proud to have been a part of this extraordinary new space and I’m very happy to see our project awarded by the world’s most prestigious lighting design awards in the company of such magnificent projects” says Morten Jensen, Country Manager at Light Bureau Norway.

Overall, the lighting design at The Twist places architecture, art and the users at the centre of attention. All light levels have been carefully fitted to the natural light levels inside the building with supplementary spotlights directed towards the paintings and sculptures. No unnecessary or decorative light sources have been installed, to minimize inconvenience and distractions in the minimalistic space.

The architects asked for well-lit exhibition rooms with a highly uniform lighting effect, which is why we decided to install wallwashers supplemented by discrete spotlights for a little extra light on the works of art. I’m very proud that our design has been recognized by the IALD” says Lighting Designer Thea Collett, who accepted the award on behalf of the entire team.

Read more about our project at the The Twist

About the IALD Awards

The IALD International Lighting Design Awards is the longest running award program recognizing architectural lighting design excellence. The winners were announced live in an online broadcast of the 37th Annual IALD Awards on June 18th, 2020.

Find more information about the IALD.


Facts about the project

  • Client: Kistefos Museum
  • Architects: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen/ Denmark (Partner in charge: Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle; head of project: Eva Seo-Andersen; project architect: Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard)
  • Interior design: Guy Robertsen
  • Electrical planning: Rambøl1/ Strøm-Hansen
  • Lighting design: Light Bureau
  • Photographer: Tomasz Majewski, Oslo / Norway

Morten Jensen - Director Light Bureau in Norway

Morten Jensen

Paul Traynor - Market Area Manager, Light Bureau UK

Paul Traynor