The biggest climbing gym designed and built at once
With its 6377 sq.m (68,641 sq. ft) plywood panels, Kletterzentrum Innsbruck is the biggest climbing gym in the world that was designed and built in one push at this size. There is another climbing facility, DAV Munich Sud, that features the largest total climbing surface but it was designed on a much smaller scale in 1989 and had multiple extensions added throughout the years.
Kletterzentrum Innsbruck’s design takes about 8 months of constant collaboration between Reinhold Sherer, Austria’s national team coach and gym manager, and the Walltopia architect. They discuss the wall design with professional athletes like Killian Fischuber and Jacob Schubert, in order to create walls that fully correspond to the expectations for a training facility and competition arena at the same time.
Walltopia team took about 6 months to assemble over 112 tons of steel structure and plywood panels at a height of up to 17 m (55 ft). To date the climbing facility is being used for training camps for national climbing teams from all over the world, it has hosted many European and world championships. The gym has indoor and outdoor sections offering over 800 routes for casual climbers and professionals alike.
“I must acknowledge that the collaboration with Walltopia was very successful. It is remarkable how professionally they finished the job of such a huge scale making it what it is today.”
Reinhold Scherer, managing director of Kletterzentrum Innsbruck