C-Mine is a distinct and precise answer on how to deal with large-scale abandoned industrial heritage. Since 2005 the city of Genk, being an important partner in the Carbon Belt stretching as far as the Ruhr Area, has been actively redeveloping its recent past. Since its completion in 2010 the old coalmine infrastructure is steadily becoming the new and pivotal cultural infrastructure node for the wider area.

  • Location

    Winterslag, Genk, Belgium

  • Client

    City of Genk

  • Invited competition


  • Completion


  • 51N4E project team

    Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn, Peter Swinnen, Aglaia De Mulder, Kelly Hendriks, Chris Blackbee, Joost Körver, Lu Zhang, Tine Cooreman, Aline Neirynck, Tom Baelus, Sotiria Kornaropoulou, Bob De Wispelaere, Jan Das, Philippe Nathan

  • 51N4E involvement

    Full process

  • Consultants

    TTAS (theater techniques), Bureau Monumentenzorg (heritage)

  • Structural engineer

    BAS/ Dirk Jaspaert

  • Technical engineer


  • Building physics/acoustics


  • Conservation

    Arat/ Philip Baelus

  • Calculation


  • Construction


  • Construction cost (excl. VAT)

    30.000.000 €

  • Programme

    Theater & Concert Hall, Tourist Centre, Design Museum

  • Site surface

    8.800 m²

  • Built surface

    15.000 m²

  • Photography

    Stijn Bollaert, 51N4E

  • Image credits