ROCK CLIMBING GYM
AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE PRIZE
Silver Prize in Architectural Design
EN ARCHITECTURE, OAQ
2015 : AERMQ
Winner, Category: Metal Siding
2014 : ASIA PACIFIC INTERIOR
Architectural Integration Award
Client: Richer-de la Plante Family
Montreal, QC. Canada
1 220 m2 / 13 130 ft2
Located in the silos of the old Redpath sugar refinery overlooking the Lachine Canal, the rock climbing gym Allez-Up is at the heart of the revitalization project for Montreal's Southwest Borough.
Inclined, vertical or overhanging, the climbing wall is the central element of the project. Its surfaces are broken up by massive windows that allow natural light to penetrate the building revealing the interior climbing surfaces - the colourful heart of a metal carapace.
Some challenges that this project faced included addressing the presence of contaminated soil, upgrading dilapidated, abandoned structures and adapting them to serve new functions while always complying with patrimonial criteria.
An important element in the design of this facility was the comfort of its patrons. To ensure this, principles of natural ventilation were implemented as well as an air filtration system and a thermal mass heating system in order to minimize the accumulation of heat at the top of the climbing walls.