We consulted our Lead Designer, a seasoned expert in climbing wall design, to gain insights into the latest trends shaping the industry. In this article, he shares his perspective on the evolving landscape of climbing wall design, offering valuable information for people looking to start their next climbing gym project.

Simple and Bold Walls (Less is More)

Climbing gym design has seemingly moved away from complex geometry within the walls themselves. Keeping the wall features simple yet striking, offering large open plains for setters to manipulate geometry and dimensionality via holds, macros and volumes is fast changing the sport and encouraging longevity when it comes to options and variety within your facility.Empowering route-setting to be at the forefront of keeping the gym and walls fresh and forever changing. This way, members and casual gym goers alike – will always walk into a new climbing experience every time the walls are reset.

Competition Style Walls

Thanks to the IFSC World Cups more mainstream audience and Climbing becoming an official Olympic sport – In-house Climbing Competitions are fast becoming a more popular trend for local gyms. Integrating competition walls and premium viewing spaces into a functional commercial space is a sure way to cover your bases when it comes to optimising your space. Designing training areas that also double as isolation areas, built in curtains and other features that make for a seamless, comp-ready facility help transition a gym with minimal additional setup required.

The Natural Wood Finish and Soft Colours

Natural wood finish isn’t necessarily a new thing. In fact, within many construction and architectural cultures it has moved in and out of popularity. In recent times the Natural wood look has made a big comeback within the climbing industry. Many clients and gyms are wanting some level of wood texture look within their wall’s aesthetic. In addition to the wood look, softer, neutral colours have seen more notoriety as climbing moves into more professional/architecturally influenced realms. Moving away slightly from the brighter and striking colour scapes and into something that is more artistically aesthetic and harmonious. This trend is modernising climbing design and helps put emphasis on set routes, calming down the space and providing a more harmonious space for climbing to exist.

To sum it up, these three top design trends, as articulated by our lead designer, offer valuable insights into the evolving landscape of climbing wall architecture. If you would like further insights for your upcoming climbing wall projects, don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert team; we’re here to assist you in achieving your design goals.