Climb Your Dorm

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In the Netherlands, there are not many natural places to practice the sport of rock-climbing.  But oddly enough, the University of Enschede in the east of the Netherlands has a very active mountaineering club. 

So the architects of the new university dormitory chose to make one side of the building into a huge climbing wall, 30 meters (about 9 stories) tall, with 2,500 grips.

photo by Jeroen Musch, via Arons & Gelauff Architects

"As a climber in the Netherlands, one anyway has to resort to artificially created training spots, so why not combine architecture and climbing wall?"

--Arons & Gelauff Architects

Link - via bldgblog

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by Marilyn Terrell.


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My son has done the climb a wall thing and they always have a rope through a pulley at the top to hold the climber. I wonder how they can do that on this wall. I do not think I would climb that high without something to hold me.
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