Waterschei, Genk (Belgium)
In our design for imec at Energyville in Genk (Belgium) we were inspired by the future orientation and innovative strength of technological research that takes place, and by the rich history of the mining site where the building has been realized.
The new building is primarily designed for the use it is meant for: high-tech research in the field of Photo Voltaics. But it also offers a healthy indoor climate, smart structure and flexibility and spatial relationships that promote natural encounters between employees.
The Leitmotiv of the architectural interpretation of this assignment is formed by the confrontation of the cultural history of the place and the ambitions for the future. The location of the former Waterschei mine site breathes creativity. The robust appearance of the relics of the fossil mining era is united in the design in a powerful way with the inspiration and impulses of the sustainable technology of the future. The clear, contemporary architecture of the new building represents its user.
Science Park Waterschei is a new development on the site of one of the former coal mines of the Kempkens coal basin. The history of coal mining is still visible in the monumental former mining buildings and in the landscape: mine stones, poor grasslands and birch trees form the backdrop for the innovative high-tech laboratory.
Inbo works together with Deerns and Conix RDBM.
- Genk (Belgium)
- Gross floor area
- 5.000 m²
- Aron Bogers, Niels Kranenburg, Renée Erens, Josine van Gulik, André Kanters, Sander Jansen