Abandoned Silos in Montréal turned into Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Category: Architecture Published on 13 Feb, 2014 Tags: , , , ,
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Canadian firm Smith Vigeant Architects transformed the abandoned silos of the old Redpath sugar refinery in Montréal into a one-of-a-kind indoor rock-climbing facility.

The climbing wall formations within the main building actually resemble sugar cliffs, reminding visitors of the original function of the Redpath silos. These pure-white, angular climbing walls offer many different routes for both beginners as well as seasoned climbers.

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The siding and outer metallic building envelope pay tribute to the industrial and monolithic character of this site, while the massive windows gaze far out onto St-Patrick Street. In long shafts, abundant natural light saturates the space, creating an effect of crevasses and voids on the climbing walls and revealing the interior climbing surfaces – a truly colorful heart at the centre of a metallic exterior.

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all images © STÉPHANE BRUGGER

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