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Fernando Abellanas installs his own studio under a traffic bridge in Spain

Spain Architecture News - Aug 18, 2017 - 13:27   10398 views

Fernando Abellanas installs his own studio under a traffic bridge in Spain

A self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas from Valencia has designed a pop-studio beneath a busy traffic bridge in Spain. This tiny moveable micro-unit gives an alternative response to the urban space shortage of Valencia in Spain.

The secret cabin, made up of a collection of spaces Abellanas created, is closed by moveable thin wood walls and sits on a metal base, which can be moved from one side of the bridge to the other by a hand crank along rails. The designer also mounts book shelves on the bridge's concrete wall to collect his books and other stuff. The space allows only two chairs and desks to inhabit within it. 

Video by Jose Manuel Pedrajas

Fernando Abellanas installs his own studio under a traffic bridge in Spain

Abellanas' micro-living unit is conceived like "a secret urban refuge" aiming to replicate the childhood experience of hiding under a table or in a closet. When it is closed from all sides, the hidden box is only perceived as" a mechanical equipment of the bridge".

Fernando Abellanas installs his own studio under a traffic bridge in Spain

"The feeling kept hidden while still being able to hear and see what happens around us. Observing passing cars and trains with no one seeing me gives me great sense of peace," said Fernando Abellanas. 

"The cabin as a concept has been important to me since childhood. Not the idyllic holiday cabin in the woods, but a place to take refuge in our environment."

"The cabin’s exact location is a secret, and is part of a collection of spaces Abellanas is creating. The project is an ephemeral intervention, [it will remain] until someone finds it and decides to steal the materials, or the authorities remove it," he added.

Fernando Abellanas installs his own studio under a traffic bridge in Spain

Fernando Abellanas installs his own studio under a traffic bridge in Spain

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