Copenhill building, located in, well, Copenhagen, is a waste-to-energy conversion plant. It is also home to a hiking trail, a ski slope, and now, a climbing wall. The recent addition, climbing wall, is the tallest in the world with 278 feet (85 meters). Copenhagen is notorious for its immensely flat landscape. The wall, owing to its height, is aimed at skilled enthusiasts.
Walltopia worked in collaboration with BIG, the company behind the Copenhill itself, to preserve the functionality and the visual appeal of the building. utilizing bricks and openings to function both as obstacles and overhangs to make it similar to a real mountain.
Vasil Sharlanov, sales head of Walltopia and design head at the beginning of the project said "‘The wall design was a challenge as we were striving to find the right balance between appearance and functionality... The goal was to create appearance matching the impressive building architecture while designing wall topology that offers a supreme climbing experience."
The material for the surface of the climbing wall, to be exact 12.916 square feet or 1200 square meters, is made of fiberglass. This material offers par weather protection against the harsh Scandinavian climate. 55 tons of Bulgarian steel and 24 tons of fiberglass was used on the 278-feet-wall.
The construction of the climbing wall was set back multiple times due to weather conditions. Copenhagen is a windy and cold place and the combination makes for relentless weather often. There were days that the team could not lay a single stone because they could not lift the platform up safely.
The project manager Ivan Natov said, "Plexiglass is complex to work with, especially if you need to bend it, but thanks to the technological advancements we’ve been investing in at our factory and the skilled engineers at Walltopia, this was a problem that was easily solved." He also added "Screws cannot be used with plexiglass so all connections needed to be made with bolts and fasteners for which we had to pre-drill openings. This is a very precise job as you barely have any margin for error" it's nothing like working with good old plywood and screws it seems.
Pay a visit if you dare, but beware. The wall also increases in difficulty every 65 feet (20 m).