Architecture Office – SelgasCano
- This great green architecture office is located in the woods. It takes the form of an aerodynamic tube. Although it is met with mixed reviews, the unique proximity to nature gives us cozy feels and inspires too.
- Architects: José Selgas, Lucía Cano – SelgasCano.
- Year: 2007.
- Area: 72m².
- Location: Madrid, Spain.
- Project Type: Commercial.
- Photographer: Iwan Baan.
- Interior style: Bohemian + Contemporary.
2 . EXTERIOR
- Specific scale, one room.
- Approx. 72m².
- The area is 4 meters wide which stretches along 18 meters.
- It has a height of about 2.5 meters – 1.2 meters of it is underground.
- The office can only be accessed through stairs located on the north side.
- The south-facing curved wall is 110mm thick, with insulated fiberglass and polyester sandwich.
- Offers shade from direct sunlight. The north-facing wall gives sight to outside views through its 20mm thick, curved window made of transparent acrylic.
3 . INTERIOR
- The office is often referred to as an aerodynamic tube due to its structure.
- Moreover, it has a window along one wall extending into the ceiling and forming the structure of a tube, acting both as a window and room for natural light.
- The glass wall floods the office with light, hence no need for artificial lighting during the day.
- Window lining with the employee’s desks, giving them eye level insightful view of the forest.
- After that, falling leaves, animals, and wildlife pass by, creating a shifting forest landscape.
- Landscape changes throughout the day, mesmerizing.
- The curved part of the glass ceiling is also used by employees to have a look at tree boughs and get a break from work. The green architecture office.
4 . MOOD BOARD
Let’s dive into interior design elements and principles found in this forest-shifting landscape office in the woods.
FORM AND SHAPE
When it comes to shape, it’s basically a horizontal space, forming a curved curvature with the help of vertical lines, overall forming a tube/tunnel shape.
Once we’ve given the horizontal line some depth by the use of verticality and curved lines, it basically becomes a 3d form.
PROPORTION AND SCALE
It has a specific scale of one room, approx. 72m/sq.
The use of yellow and white wood flooring, followed by the use of insulated materials, offers shade from direct sunlight. In the underground area of the office, bricks walls are found.
Smooth texture – The use of curved glass casing, reflection occurs which gives the space more open/dynamic looks, also employees can look up to the ceiling and have a good look at nature.
The glass ceiling. The side small area for keeping things is there creating contrast when it comes to size.
Also creating balance too, balancing both sides, the left being the bookkeeping area and right being the stuff keeping area.
Horizontal balance, creates calmness, quick workflow and, a relaxed working environment.
Arrangement of office desks can be taken as a form of rhythm occurring in this office, regular rhythm is achieved by the use of furniture placement.
Excessive open space, more room for movement, again gives rise to a good mood, and more area for workers to move around and get a bit of relief from the workload.
This office is an enlarged space, an open space giving more area for movement, fewer crowds, fewer headaches, hence good moods, more unity, and good work performance.
A mixture of vertical, horizontal, curved, and right-angled lines is found in this project.
The vertical lines suggest immobility and dignity.
The significance of verticality comes from the downward direction of the force of gravity. This force dictates verticals always perpendicular to all horizontals, acting as a basic support structure.
The horizontal lines suggest peace, rest, and repose, just as gravity pulls material down to a horizontal resting point parallel to the ground in a horizontal line, just as the earth and sky seem to meet horizontally.
Floor ceiling, reassuring normality.
Curved gives a more natural, freer, and more humane look and feel, than straight-lined forms.
If you are an adventure freak, you will find the glass ceiling to be the emphasis here, as in its exposure to nature, gives tranquility, relieves stress, and introduces to freshness/fresh air.
Unity comes into place when all these elements and design principles occur and form a project.
We can also say that a curvature is also a form of unity taking place forming a tube/tunnel-like space.
Associated with nature, harmony, balance, and youth
Joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, creativity, enthusiasm, enjoyment, balance, expression, and freedom.
Full of hope and positivity. A happy, youthful color.
Prosperity, freshness, and progress.
Makes the interior look cozy.
Purity, devotion, and love. A cool color eases tension and gives rise to spiritual healing.
INFO + PROJECTS
- All of our projects incorporate different inputs that come from different directions. Are typically, always related to nature, climate, society, history, scale, and—more than anything—economy. – “Source by Jose Selgas”
- 1 – Silicon House
- 2 – El Betel Auditorium and Conference Centre
- 3 – Factoria Joven (teenagers playground)
Effective use of elements and principles of design.
Architects, their other projects, and mood board sample.
Insulation, Materials, Budgeting, etc.
Be aware of applying design elements, and principles effectively in your area of design.
Taking out a complete thorough analysis of the budget, and expenses of any project.
Be expressive, real, and true to your peers, and clients.
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