Arrowstreet has been working with Brooklyn Boulders to expand their hybrid rock climbing facilities across the country, providing an unconventional fitness platform bringing together the art, music, culture, and entrepreneurial communities. At 25,000 square feet, BKB Chicago is one of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the Midwest, with free-climb bouldering walls, 50-foot roped walls, fitness equipment, yoga, and the active collaborative workspace. The facility is an adaptive reuse of two adjacent church buildings; large wood trusses greet visitors upon entering the reception area are a reminder of the building’s history. The original skylight was also preserved to bring natural light deep into the space. The open feel achieved in the climbing areas gives the facility a welcoming, communal atmosphere and is endlessly flexible, providing enough space for performances and events.

 

 

Project Details

location

Chicago, IL

client/owner

Brooklyn Boulders

square Footage

26,000 SF

categories

Retail

Awards

[CITY] DESIGN AWARDS

GOLD WINNER–CHICAGO, 2016

AIA NEW ENGLAND

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, 2016

Photos by Edward Wonsek

Architectural Plans / Process