In a year where we’re all looking to climb away from our problems, it’s just our luck that the world’s largest climbing wall is opening in Copenhagen. The CopenHill power plant, a waste-to-energy plant already famous for its sustainable design and ski slope, is now home to the world’s tallest climbing wall at a height of 279 feet.
Jakob Lange, a partner at BIG, the firm that designed the plant, told Architectural Digest, “The climbing wall is located on the tallest corner of the waste-to-energy plant, which is also the busiest corner of the building where skiers, joggers, and workers all cross each other during the day […] We teamed up with the Danish Climbing Association to ensure input from the most skilled climbers in the country.”
The wall’s appearance integrates seamlessly with the aesthetic of the rest of the plant yet mimics a real mountain face, with overhangs and multiple routes.
Walltopia, a company that builds climbing structures, partnered with BIG on the project. Vasil Sharlanov, head of sales at Walltopia, said, “This is not a typical wall. For example, [normally] when you climb, you rely on the rope and belayer to protect you in case you fall. However, there isn’t a rope that’s long enough to climb such a high wall.” Here, climbers must stop on a ledge at the top of each section and pull up the rope.
The wall was finished last year, but the climbing routes weren’t installed until this summer. The wall is expected to open this fall, but will be reserved for experienced and certified climbers.