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Micro-climatic manipulation provided the focus for one of the practice's early projects to design the landscape spaces around a new tropical conservatory for Hanover’s Botanic Gardens.

Long before sustainability became commonplace the practice realised that microclimatic extremes could be mitigated through ground modelling, screening and selection of materials. Working with architect Ray Hole and Structural Engineers Adam Kara Taylor, Churchman produced a conceptual diagram which maximized internal volume by placing a tilted dome roof above an excavated bowl. The landscape design was informed by the need to optimise winter light levels within the conservatory in order to increase the growth potential of the plants.






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