Selgas Cano Offices: Hit or Miss?

You can usually tell a lot about an architect by the look of their office. Spanish firm Selgas Cano, who are also winners of this month's incomprehensible architects website award, have built themselves a pretty spectacular office in Madrid, lost among the trees. It certainly is low impact, barely rising above the ground, nestled among the greenery; on the other hand, one gets to look but not touch as all that glass is sealed.

It is gloriously photographed by Iwan Baan.

I have very mixed feelings about this. I love the low profile, the view of the trees, the being surrounded by nature. The way it is earth sheltered and probably very cool.

On the other hand, it has a mean little entry stair that reminds me of going down to a basement, and it is a sort of reverse terrarium, with glass separating you from nature.

See more pictures at Iwan Baan, Arch Daily and Fast Company. Don't even bother looking at the website of Selgas Cano.

What do you think?

Tags: Architects