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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

School Bouldering and Climbing Centre in Bruneck, Italy by STIFTER + BACHMANN

 
March 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: STIFTER + BACHMANN 

The School Bouldering and Climbing Centre in Bruneck is probably the first climbing centre in the world to be designed specifically as a school sport facility. Throughout the day, school groups will come here for physical education; the centre is big enough to be used by several groups at the same time.

Night view from above, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Night view from above, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

  • Architects: STIFTER + BACHMANN 
  • Project: School Bouldering and Climbing Centre
  • Location: Bruneck, Italy
  • Photography: Rene Riller
  • Client: Autonomous Province of Bolzano Dpt. 11.1. Construction and Technical Services
  • Model: Stifter + Bachmann architects
  • Rendering: Stifter + Bachmann architects
  • Structural engineer: Bergmeister engineers (I)
  • Building contractor: Unionbau (I)
  • Function of the building: Climbing Centre
Night view from the amphitheatre, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Night view from the amphitheatre, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

  • Site area: 3,800 m²
  • Bldg area (covered area): 1,832 m²
  • Total floor area: 2.063 m²
  • Gross building volume: 16,200 m³
  • Landscape area: 4,450 m²
  • Stories: 1 building basement, 1 florr above ground
  • Total energy use: 30 kWh/m²a
  • EU open planning competition: 2010 – 1st Prize
  • Start of construction work: 06_2013
  • Completion: 08_2015
  • Net building costs (including furniture): € 6,950,000.00- (+VAT)
Night view from the amphitheatre, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Night view from the amphitheatre, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Given the heterogeneous surroundings of the new climbing centre in immediate vicinity to two large car parks, the challenge was to develop a vigorous design of great symbolic expressiveness. This was achieved by combining an enclosed courtyard with an amphitheatre and a broad green strip separating the building from the car park.

The courtyard, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

The courtyard, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

The glazing of the lead climbing area, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

The glazing of the lead climbing area, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

The design envisages an uninterrupted spatial sequence whose different sections vary in terms of height and breadth, arranged around the courtyard and the outdoor climbing area, which they define as premium exterior spaces. While the outside façade of the building forms a solid wall, the internal divides and the façade towards the courtyard are all made of glass.

The courtyard - night view from above, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

The courtyard – night view from above, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Overall view of the climbing centre from north, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Overall view of the climbing centre from north, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

From the courtyard, visitors enter the climbing centre via the lobby situated prominently between the lead climbing area and the training area, from which it is separated by internal glass divides. The lobby houses the cash desk, refreshments counter, rental desk, and an office space. On its one side, a staircase provides a link to the other levels, while on the other a gallery forming part of the refreshment area offers fascinating views onto the climbing walls. As access to all of the main areas is situated on the lower floor at Level -1, it was possible to arrange the circulation area, changing rooms, and ancillary rooms in space created underneath the courtyard, giving them a central location and clear layout. An additional light well provides the utility rooms on the lower level with ample natural light. The courtyard, the lobby, and the visitors’ galleries provide spectators with numerous opportunities for watching the climbing, as do the glass walls on the lower floor.

View of the access, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

View of the access, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

View from the amphitheatre, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

View from the amphitheatre, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Although the design is highly distinctive, clear topographic references mean that the building integrates well with the surrounding landscape. A limited palette of details and materials was used: the solid shell of the building is made of bush-hammered seamless poured-in-place concrete made with a natural aggregate of local limestone. The roof is interpreted as a fifth façade.

Outdoor climbing area, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Outdoor climbing area, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Interior view of the main climbing area, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Interior view of the main climbing area, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Interior view, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Interior view, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Lobby / cash desk / rental desk / refreshments counter, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Lobby / cash desk / rental desk / refreshments counter, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Interior view - climbing walls, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Interior view – climbing walls, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Outdoor climbing area, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Outdoor climbing area, Image Courtesy © Rene Riller

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

Image Courtesy © STIFTER + BACHMANN

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