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Montréal’s funky new rock climbing gym – Allez-Up


Montréal-based architectural practice, Smith Vigeant Architectes, has designed the Allez-Up project. Completed in 2013, The rock climbing gym is located in Montréal, Canada.

Known as Allez-Up, the gym is at the heart of the regeneration 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 area.


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


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 space and interior design.


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.

Images courtesy of Stéphane Brugger


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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February 20, 2014 | Property | View comments

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