The cubic Vertikale Climbing Gym in Brixen, Italy is more than just a place to get a great workout. Located within view of the Dolomites in northern Italy, this high-tech gym features an intelligent facade that eliminates the need for mechanical cooling. Designed by Wolfgang Meraner Architekt and architect Martin Mutschlechner of StadtLABOR, Vertikale has a semi-transparent energy-efficient facade that offers views of the mountains and town during the day. At night the gym lights glow and passersby can check out the climbers in action.
Vertikale Climbing Gym is located in a prominent location adjacent to Brixen’s town square and a municipal park. The almost cubic building measures 20 m long, 16 m wide, and 15.7 m high and it’s clad in a high-tech facade. Wolfgang Meraner Architekt and Martin Mutschlechner of StadtLABOR designed the building with aid from Transsolar. The semi-transparent design provides a great visual connection with the outdoors and the urban space.
This multi-layered facade works to provide natural daylighting during the day while minimizing solar heat gain and keeping the interior cool. The building also features an energy-efficient climate control system that makes use of natural ventilation, high thermal mass and a geothermal system that eliminates the need for mechanical cooling. At night, people on the outside can get a clear view of the action inside and will hopefully be inspired to check out the gym.