Concrete Chimney Stacks to Become Climbing Walls

Multiple ventilation shafts across Prague will become workout and relaxation spots for city dwellers

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 08.07.2016 02:10:13 (updated on 08.07.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

Transforming blighted structures and vacant spaces for the sake of entertainment and art has become one of the more inspired city-planning trends in Prague in recent years.

Now, in an effort to support urban renewal in Prague 6, councilors have voted to give a nine-meters-wide, 24-meters-tall concrete shaft new life as a climbing wall, reports

The structure, a ventilation duct in Střešovice, was originally due to be covered with vines as part of a winning proposal from an art contest that solicited ideas for re-purposing the tower. But city officials postponed the greenery option in favor of a multi-function climbing tower with lookout point.

Also due for a new look is the Blanka Tunnel airshaft which stands above the royal deer park in Stromovka park in Prague 7. Czech-Argentinian artist Federico Díaz will cover the duct with artificial stone; a playground with exercise and relaxation zones will be built in the surrounding park.

The planned Prague 6 and 7 climbing walls will join several other successful chimney climbing walls in Prague. Among them is FreeSolo, a 35-meter vertical wall that rewards climbers with an expansive view of the city. It was built from a series of concret shafts in 2014 and is located in Prague 11 on Donovalska Street.

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