South Boulder Mountaineering Center

South Boulder Mountaineering Center

University of Colorado   |   Senior Architecture Studio   |   Spring 2016

The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado attracts outdoor enthusiasts and mountaineers alike. The Mountaineering Center is nestled along the Front Range, allowing visitors to easily access surrounding hiking and biking trails, and climbing areas. Many parti models were developed before the design and form were finalized. The design intent of the curved walls was to help deter the high winds around the structure that are common in the area. The façade has kinetic metal cladding that moves with the wind as it passes over the building. Floor to ceiling, open windows on the south side let in large amounts of natural light to improve daylighting. This three-story, 25,000 sq. ft. building has areas dedicated to climbing and bicycling gear rentals, an indoor rock climbing wall, a workshop, an educational space, a local exhibition area, a café, and a supply shop. Additionally, there are three outdoor patios with framed views of the iconic Flatiron Mountains to the west, and views east that extend down into the valley toward Denver. Its location provides direct access to the surrounding network of beautiful mountain biking and hiking trails.