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Former Coal Mine Transformed Into a Shining Cultural Center In Belgium

by , 04/11/11
filed under: Architecture

eco design, green design, sustainable design, 51n4e, Belgium, coal mine, carbon, cultural center, Gent, winterslag, renovation

The original red brick power plant has been updated with two concrete additions, and what used to be the mine’s “nerve center” is now the heart of the C-MINE cultural center. The compressor hall, lift building, and the Barenzaal were once noisy, cranking spaces – however they have been transformed into a more reflective cultural center, design center, and visitor center for tourists interested in exploring Gent’s carbon past.

What 51n4e calls the “arm pit” of the T-shaped building now holds the theatre hall, a small room, and office space. Light is managed with steel grates on the outside that either permit plenty of daylight, or shut it out completely when the theatre kicks up. Part of the old brick wall forms a backdrop for the new theatre, and best of all, the existing red and white tiles have been given a bit of a polish and extended throughout this stunning converted building.

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5 Comments

  1. shuffler April 15, 2011 at 5:32 am

    GENK is East of Brussels(+-120 Km) . GENT is West of Brussels( +- 100 km). So not really brussels AT all :)).
    There’s also another “””older””” Recovered old COAL Mine that is now a Contemporary Arts museum – GRAN HORNU (http://www.mac-s.be/) btw South of Brussels +-70km ;)) in case you want to do an article :))) There’s a nice video about the hsitory of the site ( BUt ONly in fRenhch grrrr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiZOnCHDn-E

  2. karenwil April 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    The original red and white tiles are a bold statement. I too like that the designers took the ‘non-earth friendly’ energy site and reused to re-create a ‘greener’ site for tourist to visit.
    I know something else that is black but ‘green’ the Aeron Stool I can hardly believe that it’s 94% recyclable!

  3. k-sound April 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

    The c-mine site is located near the city of ‘Genk’
    So:
    their stunning C-MINE renovation in Brussels
    should be
    their stunning C-MINE renovation in Genk

    and
    exploring Gent’s carbon past.
    should be
    exploring Genk’s carbon past.

    Love the site, greeting from Belgium

  4. dominique April 12, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Some corrections:
    C-Mine is located at the mine site of Winterslag near Genk, not Gent, those cities are 150 km apart. It is also not located near Brussels; Genk and Brussels are 100 km apart.

  5. MrCotain April 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Interesting project great to see as mentioned above, “a link and reminder to the eveolution” Co-tain.com

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