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.


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.


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.


a desk, a chair, and cushions make the urban hut more hospitable for longer stays


shelving contains frames and other personal mementos


the designer compares inhabiting the space to occupying the area beneath a table


a hand crank transports the entire structure along two metal rails


the project’s exact location is unknown


the micro-dwelling shuns notions of the idyllic country cabin


the scheme embraces its urban setting through its raw and industrial aesthetic


a conceptual sketch for the project


fernando abellanas frequently collaborates with artists and architects on a variety of projects

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  • 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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