Designer's awesome secret studio is suspended under bridge

Fernando Abellanas
© Fernando Abellanas

Creatives need their own space to be productive and to contemplate new ideas. A space like this can be difficult to find in the city, but not for Spanish furniture designer Fernando Abellanas, who has carved out a creative sanctuary of his own -- hidden beneath a bridge in Valencia. Watch this video showing how his clever system is set up:


Refugiarse de la ciudad en la propia ciudad. from JoseMP on Vimeo.

Abellanas, a former plumber who now heads a furniture and lighting design studio named Lebrel, loves designing for small spaces, and constructed this hideaway in only two weeks. He says on Dezeen:

I feel a great attraction for this type of place and sometimes I make interventions in them. I depend a lot on the conditions offered by the place. It is a personal intervention that tries to put value in these type of spaces. It is also about recovering those sensations of the huts we used to make as small ones. To stay isolated but at the same time close to our house, the city.

Fernando Abellanas© Fernando Abellanas
Fernando Abellanas© Fernando Abellanas

It features a shelf, desk and chair that is suspended 16 feet up on the concrete wall of the underpass. This parasitic structure is accessible only by an enclosed wood-and-metal rolling platform that is hand-cranked into place, using the underpass' concrete structure for support.

Fernando Abellanas© Fernando Abellanas
Fernando Abellanas© Fernando Abellanas
Fernando Abellanas© Fernando Abellanas
Fernando Abellanas© Fernando Abellanas

Once there, the platform's walls can open out, creating a perch from which Abellanas can oversee his personal kingdom. When it gets dark, it can transform into a place to roll out a sleeping bag for the night.

Fernando Abellanas© Fernando Abellanas
Fernando Abellanas© Fernando Abellanas

Abellanas characterizes this space as an "ephemeral intervention" and a refuge in the city, a place that's reminiscent of a childhood fort or treehouse. He plans to create more of these hideaways in the future, but in the meantime, he intends to keep this special place in use, until it's discovered or taken down. More over at Lebrel.

Tags: Small Spaces | Spain | Transportation

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