This is a simple and elegant solution to a brief which appears straightforward. The client is delighted with a beautifully naturally lit, very flexible space where the timber structure and finishes (both internally and externally) give wonderful acoustics and unusually ‘soft’ interior for a conference venue. Integration of structure and services, use of both natural ventilation and lighting are all achieved with little fuss but great economy. The building works so well and is so comfortable that there is a tendency for it to melt into the background which should not detract from the effort and achievement in getting there. This is a building which is doing much more than people notice.