Play landscape be-MINE - Beringen info

The team of Carve and OMGEVING (design) and Krinkels (contractor) won the international competition to design an adventurous play-scape and landmark on a ‘terril‘ in Beringen, Belgium, in January 2015. The adventure mountain is part of the touristic, recreative project be-MINE, that aims to breathe new life into the monumental coal-mining site in Beringen, the largest industrial-archeological site in Flanders. The former mining city asked to add new function to the 60 meter high rubble mountain, and to redevelop the old industrial buildings into a cultural hotspot where its history can be experienced in a playful way.

The spectacular scale of this site – regarding both the height of the terril as well as its industrial heritage – is unique in the relatively flat surrounding landscape of Limburgian-Flanders. The intervention is a landmark on a large scale, but through its playable character it also reflects the small scale of a child. The values of the industrial heritage have been a continuous leading theme in the design process that resulted in an unprecedented playscape. The mining ‘terril’ has been given a new meaning, rooted in both the past and the future. The design consists of three parts, that create a unity with the mountain and its past: a pole forest as a landmark, an adventurous prismatic play surface on the flank of the mountain and a coal square on the top of the ‘terril’. The spine of the ensemble is a straight stairs that provides access to all levels. At night, a light line along the stairs makes the topography of the terril visible.

The master plan of the entire site of the adventure mountain was put up by Antea.

title Play landscape be-MINE
location Beringen
client city of Beringen
contact person Peter Douven
status completed
period 2015-2016
method of award tender finalist
surface area 8,400 m²
schedule play landscape, land mark
tasks design, technical construction file, site management
team Ada Barbu, Luc Wallays, Maarten Moers, Peter Seynaeve, Peter Swyngedauw
project leader Maarten Moers
partnerschip Carve (design- and engineering company), Krinkels (landscape contractor)