The Oscars for Museums goes to The Twist

March 26, 2020

The Twist at Kistefos in Norway wins Leading Culture Destinations Award for Best Architecture 2020.

The LCD Awards aim to highlight the world's greatest cultural destinations and recognize their exceptional contribution to cultural life. The Twist was nominated together with the National Museum of Qatar Doha (Jean Nouvel) and V&A Dundee (Kengo Kuma) in Dundee, Scotland. The Twist was designed by the Danish architects in BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and opened September 2019.

We are extremely honoured to have won the award for Museum of the Year in 2020. The Twist, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, at Kistefos Museum was a brave concept in both design and construction. It is a gallery, a bridge and a sculpture, and we are delighted by the recognition this architecturally iconic building is now receiving. The opening of The Twist has helped put Kistefos on the map and increased our visibility globally. We are very much looking forward to presenting exhibitions and artists of international importance and creating memorable visitor experiences in the years to come

Director Birgitte Espeland
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On behalf of The Twist, Maria Sandvik from Kistefos, accepts the LCD Berlin Leading Culture Destinations of the Year award for Best Architecture. Photo: Mike Auerbach © LCD Berlin

The winners of the LCD Berlin Awards 2020 were chosen by an international jury consisting of Matthew Anderson, European cultural editor for The New York Times; Helena Egan, tourism and site development specialist; Dr. Martin Heller, cultural advocate and art patron; Oliver Jahn, chief editor, AD Architectural Digest; Meryanne Loum-Martin, Founder of AFRƎ; Dr. Thierry Morel, director, curator and board member of the Hermitage Foundation; artist Ahmet Ogut; and Salma Tuqan, Deputy Director of the Delfina Foundation.

The 2020 LCD Berlin Awards shine a light on culture, art and travel, showcasing unique cultural experiences around the world. From local to global perspectives, the winners of the 2020 awards offer new and exciting opportunities to explore our relationship with public spaces, tradition, and identity. Over the years, the LCD Awards have offered a unique platform for the winners to showcase their cultural assets and reach global travellers wishing to immerse themselves in arts and culture. These winning destinations and institutions showcase just how deep the symbiosis between art, culture and travel is.

The jury at Leading Culture Destinations
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The award for Best Architecture went to The Twist. Photo: Maria Sandvik.

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The LCD Awards highlight the world’s best established and emerging cultural destinations, recognising their exceptional contribution to cultural life. Photo: Mike Auerbach © LCD Berlin.

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The award took place in St. Matthäus-Kirche i Berlin. Photo: Maria Sandvik.