2016 Chicago Design Awards

spaces, objects, visual, graphic, digital & experience design, design champion, best studio & best start-up, plus over 40 specialist categories

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Brooklyn Boulders Chicago [DRAFT]

Image Credit : Edward Wonsek



Project Overview

Arrowstreet has been working with Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) to expand their hybrid rock climbing facilities across the country, providing an unconventional fitness platform to bring together the art, music, culture, and entrepreneurial communities.

Project Commissioner

Brooklyn Boulders

Project Creator



Stefan Chaires
Sean Selby
Tina Soo Hoo

Project Brief

The newest location is in Chicago’s West Loop; once a meatpacking district the area is now a haven for tech companies, restaurants, and art galleries. At 25,000 square feet, BKB Chicago is one of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the Midwest, with free-climb bouldering walls, 50-foot roped walls, fitness equipment, yoga, and the active collaborative workspace. Natural light enlivens the facility during the day.

This award celebrates the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. 
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