WHO: Randy Dobson. Who currently is known for the LEEP APP with Micheal Wong.
DETAILS: 5 Top Rope Routes plus 2 Lead Routes.
ALL ABOARD THE STAINLESS STEEL CLIMBING WALL CONCEPT –
Looking back in time to 2011, Mr. Wong and Mr. Dobson had a vision to create something that had never been done before and was unique to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the world. They came to Paul Massad with the clever concept to create a climbing wall that represented the imagery of a battleship. Most importantly, they wanted their clients of California Fitness to be able to see their reflection while they climbed.
Micheal wanted a climbing wall that had the ability to mirror the climbers while they climbed the indoor wall. This reflected and supported the interior design of California Fitness. All of the climbing holds were white and grey representing barnacles, which showed off their modern approach for fitness.
Let’s take a look to see how Paul Massad and his team steered this innovative idea into reality.
HOW WAS THE WAR SHIP CONCEPT DONE?
To support the unique concept of the reflective climbing wall, Paul Massad and his team decided to use stainless steel as the surface of the climbing wall.
The method to build the climbing wall was approached by visualizing the shell of an egg. Renato BaRr, the lead architect was able to conceptualize this vision. Where the internal structure was used to support the shape and the panels were made with wood, then they were pressure wrapped in stainless steel. This approach allowed a clean and reflective look that the client was after. While maintaining the climbing wall structure. The fact that it was made of stainless steel, meant that marks from climbers and climbing gear would not be shown.
The climbing wall remained in California Fitness and Yoga for nearly four years. The beautiful project offered some insight and opportunities for future projects.
CLIMBABLE ART –
Paul Massad learned from this experience that while the stainless steel climbing wall is a beautiful feature and installation, the material is not ideal for a climbing wall. The stainless steel climbing wall ended up to be too slippery. There was not enough grip to allow proper climbing training.
We achieved the objective set in mind, which was to create something impressive. However, the surface of the wall was too slick to gain any traction. This did not make it an ideal climbing surface. Yet, it was quite fascinating to see.