Carmela Bogman, working in cooperation with HOSPER, has designed special seating for the C-mine leisure zone in Genk. The furniture is concentrated in a number of ‘clouds’ in the square, where the chairs and stools are arranged in an informal pattern. Different arrangements are thus possible for people who want to sit close together and for people who prefer to sit further apart, facing one another or with their backs to one another.
The chairs and stools, which are made of a folded stainless steel plate, glitter like diamonds against the black surface of the square. The internal and rear surfaces of the furniture are powder-coated in fire-engine red. The red surfaces of some of the chairs are lit from below, thus creating a warm glow around them at night.
C-mine is designed to be Genk’s cultural centre, with plenty of room and practically unlimited scope for all kinds of events and activities. One of the main requirements on the seating is therefore that it should be easily removable. To this end, each chair or stool is mounted with the aid of four bolts on a base, which is designed so as to blend into the rest of the road surface without leaving any differences in level over which people could trip when the seating has been removed.
This Single Scatter street furniture was designed and produced in a joint venture by Carmela Bogman and HOSPER specifically for the C-mine site. It is manufactured by Rots Maatwerk and can be used in other projects. If you are interested in purchasing the Single Scatter furniture please contact HOSPER, Carmela Bogman or Rots Maatwerk.
The C-mine leisure zone, situated on the site of a former coal mine, is the central open space in the new cultural heart of Genk. This urban open space is intended for a wide range of cultural and recreational activities. The former mine buildings round the square have been renovated to serve a variety of cultural purposes: one is a theatre, for example, another is a cinema, and there are several restaurants. The mine’s old headframes also play a key role in the new set-up. NU architectuuratelier from Ghent designed an attractive route through the old mine galleries under the square, ending in a fantastic panorama from the top of the most recent headframe. The new building of the Media, Arts & Design Faculty of the Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg is a key feature, standing out proudly on the western side of the square.
Removable Seating for C-mine | Genk, Belgium | Carmela Bogman & HOSPER
Carmela Bogman Kunst en Vormgeving in de Openbare Ruimte: Carmela Bogman
HOSPER: Hanneke Kijne, Petrouschka Thumann, Han Konings
Supplier |Rots Maatwerk
Client | Municipality of Genk
Image Credit | Courtesy of HOSPER, and as noted Pieter Kers