Northern France Tourism : official website

Panoramic view of the twin slag heaps at Loos-en-Gohelle

The sound of reconversion at 9-9bis

With its façade of scales of light, frosted glass, steel, and wood, the Métaphone® is both a concert hall and a musical instrument. On the site of the 9-9bis in Oignies, this structure which is unique in the world, is entirely dedicated to sound. There are rehearsal and recording studios, a musical resource centre, a dance studio, an auditorium, as well as a heritage route which echoes the site’s highly symbolic history. It is in fact very close to where the Pas-de-Calais’ first reserve of coal was discovered in 1842. It is also where the last lump of coal was mined in 1990.

"Le Métaphone" concert hall and urban musical instrument
  • Oignies: "Le Métaphone" concert hall and urban musical instrument
  • © Le Métaphone - Oignies - Hérault Arnod Architectes

The 11/19 changes from black to green

It was daring to create a site dedicated to sustainable development on a former mining pit head of 110 hectares. Yet, for 20 years, green initiatives have continued to grow on the 11/19 base in Loos-en-Gohelle: a Permanent Centre for Environment Initiatives in the former repair workshops, and an eco-material centre in the former machine room. The subjects of discussion are now eco-construction, waste development, educational gardens, creating awareness about ecology, and a bit of culture too. Not environmental but artistic. The Culture national stage has taken root in the former bathhouse.

Loos-en-Gohelle: child kite flying over a slag heap
  • Loos-en-Gohelle: one of the educational activities offered by the Slag Heap Chain
  • © Pascal Morès

The pyramids are demanding on the calves

Like the headframes, the slag heaps are also part of the mining landscape. The reconversion of these totems of black schist is today connected to sport. The Black Pyramids trail race has attracted 700 participants for 2 years. A race of 105 kilometres with 1,700 metres of slope and 21 slag heaps - in this competition runners can discover the region from on high. The twin slag heaps in Loos-en-Gohelle are 186 metres high above sea level. From the summit you have a view of the surrounding 30 kilometres...

Loos-en-Gohelle: the twin slag heaps on a fine sunny day
  • Loos-en-Gohelle: the twin slag heaps
  • © Eric Desaunois

For more information

Contact Le 9-9bis Le Métaphone®
Chemin du Tordoir
62 590 Oignies
Tel.: 03 21 08 08 00