How do we transcend the carbon era without completely eradicating our history? 51n4e solves this crucial design problem with their stunning C-MINE renovation in Belgium. Formerly the Winterslag coal mine, the old red brick building has been transformed into a 5,000 square meter cultural center and tourist attraction. Instead of doing away with the relics that are emblematic of our sooty past, such as the large mechanical equipment, the firm chose to integrate them into the upgraded facility as a reminder of our evolution. In addition to saving materials and creating the tiniest impact on the environment, C-MINE represents the best of the old and the new.
The steel grates on the outside control how much light enters the cultural center.
Two new theaters are part of the newer, concrete additions to the red brick building.
The architects transcended Gent's carbon past without eradicating its important history.
We're so thrilled that this beautiful red brick won't be wasted.
The old mechanical equipment has been restored and kept as part of the visitor center for tourists.
These concrete columns were added on to the 5m foundation.
The "arm pit" of the T-shaped building has been converted into a theater hall and extra office space .
The 5,000 square meter facility also contains a cultural center, design center, and tourist visitor center.