fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
 

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass

designer fernando abellanas has installed a secret studio beneath the overpass of a busy traffic bridge in spain. the micro-dwelling shuns notions of the idyllic country cabin surrounded by nature, and instead embraces its urban setting through a raw and industrial aesthetic. conceived as a ‘refuge in the city’, movable walls mean that the studio can be completely enclosed, creating an environment that the designer compares to hiding out of sight as a child.

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
all images and video courtesy of fernando abellanas / jose manuel pedrajas

 

 

recalling memories from his childhood, sell-taught designer fernando abellanas — also known by the name lebrel — compares inhabiting the space to occupying the area beneath a table that has long skirts that reach the floor. in this scenario, the noise of family members is replaced by the nose emanating from the traffic above, and the soaring concrete walls recreate the security of the tablecloth.

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
the dwelling is suspended many feet above the ground

 

 

to access the dwelling, which is suspended many feet above the ground, abellanas uses a hand crank that transports the entire structure along two metal rails. shelving, which contains frames and other personal mementos, has been directly attached to the bridge, while a desk, a chair, and cushions make the urban hut more hospitable for longer stays. working under the name lebrel, fernando abellanas collaborates with artists and architects on a variety of projects, seeking to find unorthodox design and production solutions.

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
a desk, a chair, and cushions make the urban hut more hospitable for longer stays

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
shelving contains frames and other personal mementos

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
the designer compares inhabiting the space to occupying the area beneath a table

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
a hand crank transports the entire structure along two metal rails

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
the project’s exact location is unknown

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
the micro-dwelling shuns notions of the idyllic country cabin

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
the scheme embraces its urban setting through its raw and industrial aesthetic

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
a conceptual sketch for the project

fernando abellanas suspends secret studio beneath a busy overpass
fernando abellanas frequently collaborates with artists and architects on a variety of projects

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  • The location is secret, not the project… it’s simply to understand.

    Jay says:
  • Not so secret anymore, since you took photos of it and published. What is the purpose of naming something “secret” if you’re gonna brag about it and post photos online?

    Janice says:

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