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  6. New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur

New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur

New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur
New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur, © New Wave Architecture
© New Wave Architecture

In response to the climbing potential of Polur, Iran, New Wave Architecture has designed a new rock climbing hall within the rocky lands of Mazandaran. Overlooking the country’s highest peak, the “fragmented mass” invites nature and landscape to “visually creep into the building” to offer daylight and establish a strong connection between climbers and the surrounding landscape. 

© New Wave Architecture
© New Wave Architecture

Within the “boulder-like walls,” which were inspired by the geological process of the large-scale movements of the earth‘s crust and its tectonic forces, programs include a dynamic climbing hall, temporary accommodation zone, fitness gym and maintenance areas. 

© New Wave Architecture
© New Wave Architecture

The exterior is clad in white fiber cement panels, which simultaneously allows the building to blend into its snowy context while offering climbers outdoor routes. Steel moment resisting frames are used as the main structural system; while tubular trusses transmit the floor loads to vertical elements due to project long spans.

© New Wave Architecture
© New Wave Architecture
  • Architects

  • Architect in Charge

    Lida Almassian, Shahin Heidari
  • Design Team

    Maryam Amanpour, Zahra Hamedani, Tina Yavarian, Atieh Ameri, Saeid Fahimpour, Mona Ramzi, Fateme Dehghani, Shadi Jelvi, Sara Farahani, Mohammad Keshavarzi, Marjan Najafizadegan, Helaleh Alaei
  • Client

    Development and Maintenance of Sports Facilities
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur" 26 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Legacy · December 22, 2014

revolutionary design in a reactionary environment.

mehdi · October 24, 2014

very beautiful

kate · June 23, 2014

As a climber and an architect...I am totally drooling! In comparison to every climbing gym I've seen, this would be the Taj Mahal of climbing gyms. The form is rather contrived and obvious, yet from looking at the renderings it seems like it gives great functionality to the interior. It would lend a lot of diversity to the types of climbs that are possible rather than the typical straight vertical lines that you see in most gyms. As for the outside... nobody goes to a climbing gym to climb outside.

Pari · March 29, 2014

I am planning a trip to Iran from May to July, and I would love to climb in that gym! any ideas when it's going to be fully built?

Zaid · March 01, 2014

An interesting concept. Looks like it will at least draw people in with curiosity

Subgenius · January 28, 2014

Distortion for the sake of distortion is quickly becoming a blight upon the practice of architecture. While i appreciate the challenge to common perceptions of form and structure i am somewhat bored by the unimaginative mimicry of the surrounding environment. It all seems rather excessive and self-involved. The success of the climbing space sees diminished by the arrogance of overall form. A man-made ravine tantamount to the fake-rock scenery found at Sea World is not made more impressive by exaggerating its scale and inefficiency.

j · January 30, 2014 06:07 PM


jprati · January 27, 2014

I think this is great idea/design for this program--it manages to walk a delicate line by abstracting natural objects (rocks) without being cheesy or caricatured. I really couldn't care less if people are going to climb the exterior, though I imagine you could make it interesting given the spacing of footholds.

Heywood Floyd · January 29, 2014 10:54 PM

So to summarize, you don't care whether one of the programmatic elements described by the architects is functional or not, you are happy with it looking cool? Send your resume to Zaha or Gehry right away, given the current state of the profession I am sure we will all be working for you someday.

C · January 27, 2014

Nobody is going to climb on the outside as they are really uninteresting angles for climbers... Could have been much more this project


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