New Wave Architecture recently unveiled plans for a massive rock climbing hall that offers an unparalleled inside-and-out climbing experience in Polur, Iran. Floor-to-ceiling climbing walls cover both the interior of the 48,437 square foot climbing hall as well as along its rugged exterior. Inspired by the region's tectonic forces, the Polur Rock Climbing Hall is built like a jagged, fragmented mountain rising out of the landscape.
Located at the popular starting point of Iran’s highest peak, Mount Damavand, the village of Polur is a popular first camp for mountaineers. In response to the region’s increased popularity in climbing, New Wave Architecture was commissioned to create an accessible climbing experience at the base camp. Clad in white fiber cement panels to mimic the snow-capped mountains, Polur’s rock climbing hall will also be designed with exterior climbing routes that will allow climbers to scale the mountain-like facade.
Natural daylight and views of the landscape peek in from the translucent, amber-colored atrium and small triangular windows clustered around the facade. A bouldering area, fitness gym, restaurant, and office spaces have also been included in the design. Steel moment-resisting frames are used for the main structural system and tubular trusses carry the floor loads to vertical elements.