SelgasCano – The Less Architecture the Better

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Meet José Selgas – one half of the commended and innovative Spanish architecture practice SelgasCano. In this video he shares his thoughts on how architecture should adapt to its surroundings by using colour and light materials.

“Every relation with architecture I’ve had was a relation with nature,” says José Selgas as he reminisces on his first encounters with architecture. Because he used to play around in ruins in San Sebastian as a child, Selgas has always been aware of how important nature is to architecture – and how the latter should adapt to the first: “We always try to understand the nature, the surroundings.”

At SelgasCano there is no doubt that less indeed is more. The use of almost exclusively cheap materials for their buildings falls perfectly into place with the duo’s “light aesthetics” that leaves a “transparency and respect for the environment.” Along with their playful use of synthetic materials, colours are equally important: “We have no problem with colours,” says José Selgas. He believes that colours hold a big power, and that most people understand colour “perfectly and immediately.” At SelgasCano they furthermore consider a project a success when they can see that people enjoy using it – and make it their own.

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