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Coal Mine Converted Into A Subterranean Playground [Pics]

Coal Mine Converted Into A Subterranean Playground [Pics]
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C-Tour in Belgium is an old mining complex redesigned into an underground tourist attraction.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 29 august 2013

Developed by NU architectuuratelier, C-Tour is an old coal mine complex that was redesigned and converted into an underground tourist attraction.

The new underground playground used to be the mine complex of Winterslag in Genk, Belgium. Visitors can tour the above-ground and underground spaces of the converted mine complex. New structures and tunnels were created to link existing subterranean mine shafts. New elements and objects were also added to different areas to turn what used to be a rough industrial place into a place of creativity and wonder.

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The tour starts at the mine’s old ventilation shaft. Visitors can then go through various spaces that have been converted into an archive that provides a sense of history to the mining industry, an area designed to let visitors experience sound and images, and an art gallery where artists can create on-site installations. The tour culminates at a Double Helix staircase that gives the tourists a view of the landscape and industrial site from the top of the highest shaft tower in Belgium.

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View more images of C-Tour in the gallery below.

 

NU architectuuratelier

Images by Stijn Bollaert via NU architectuuratelier

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