Allez UP Rock Climbing Gym / Smith Vigeant Architectes

Allez UP Rock Climbing Gym / Smith Vigeant Architectes

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  • Engineers:NCK Inc & Martin Roy et associates
  • Landscape Architects:Groupe Rousseau Lefebvre
  • Contractor:eSpace Construction Inc
  • Lighting Design:Smith Vigeant architects, Martin Roy et associates
  • City:Montreal
  • Country:Canada
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Text description provided by the architects. The rock climbing gym Allez-Up is at the heart of the revitalization project for Montreal’s Southwest borough. Flanking the Lachine Canal, the site and silos of the old Redpath sugar refinery have been converted into a one-of-a-kind indoor rock-climbing facility, adding significantly to the recreational and tourist attractions of the Canal.

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© Stephane Brugger

Developing the abandoned silos into a rock-climbing gym is a unique way to maximize the enormous potential of these historic vestiges from Montreal’s industrial past.

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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. The multi-coloured climbing-holds speckled across the walls add to the dynamic charm of this unique interior space. 

© Stephane Brugger
© Stephane Brugger

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 colourful heart at the centre of a metallic exterior. 

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Address:Rue Saint-Patrick, Montreal, QC, Canada

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Cite: "Allez UP Rock Climbing Gym / Smith Vigeant Architectes" 19 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/477963/allez-up-rock-climbing-gym-smith-vigeant-architectes> ISSN 0719-8884

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