The Conference Hall and its neighbouring meeting rooms are all naturally ventilated, and naturally lit. The Hall itself adopts the form of the original Pantheon in Rome with a central circular oculus. It is extraordinarily effective. Airflow in the Hall was analysed during the design by computational fluid dynamics which gave a fine grained prediction of air movement under peak heat loads.

The project comprises seven or eight different elements, each intricately designed. We were very interested to explore the prospects for a delicate symbiosis between the conserved landscape and the naturally conditioned buildings within it, old and new.

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