The Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano are identified for utilizing curved surfaces, vivid colours, and high-tech supplies to create attention-getting buildings. But additionally they know that the much less you construct, the much less carbon shall be emitted into the environment, decreasing buildings’ contribution to international warming. And that implies that renovating, versus tearing down and beginning over, is the greenest factor an architect can do. Outside Madrid, the couple, whose agency is named SelgasCano, practiced what they preach, turning a cluster of rudimentary farm buildings right into a weekend compound for themselves and their two sons, doing as little as potential to the unique buildings. The pair met frequently with builder Luismi Quintana and carpenter Rubén Criba to debate what supplies they’d available and the way they may greatest make use of them. Most of the wooden got here from the present home. They raised among the roofs (Selgas is six 4) and added home windows, typically chiseling irregular holes in concrete partitions, then inserting panes of clear acrylic. But they caught to the agricultural buildings’ footprints. “The scale of the house was really nice. We didn’t need anything else,” says Cano. Adds Selgas, “Wasting space is a problem for our society. You should create space you’re going to use.” When the four-year renovation was full, a neighbor got here to see it. Entering the constructing, Cano remembers, “she said, ‘But you have done nothing!’ I said, ‘That’s the greatest compliment.’” selgascano.web —F.A.B.