Hide from the city in your own city

Fernando Abellanas creates a studio under a bridge in Spain

by Valentina Ieva
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01/09/2017 - A hut is a small house with only one or two rooms, especially one which is made of wood, mud, grass, or stones. (Collins)


It reminds us of the feelings of isolation, peace and protection we experienced during childhood when hiding, during a family event, under a round table covered with a long table cloth. It's a secret studio under a bridge in Valencia, created by Fernando Abellanas.

The purpose of this project is to try to recover similar emotions by means of the existing connections between both spaces:

- The hut within our home and the hiding place within our city

- The family bustle and the traffic rush of cars and trains

- The space under the table and the structure 5 meters above ground (important to leave altitude zero)

- The table cloth surrounding the table and the great concrete walls

- Accessing the space on all fours Vs turning a handle

- Being able to observe what is going on around us unwatched by the family or the great city

Fernando explains his project: "In the execution we made use of the existing beams under the bridge using them as rails over which rolls a carriage (demountable metallic structure) which, at the end of its path links with the furniture creating a useful homely space. In this way, this moving action creates a dialogue about the union between the mobile structure and the furniture, the house and the home, body and soul. All this takes place in an environment shared by vegetation, concrete, remote sounds of the city hustle and the pleasure of feeling so close and remote at the same time".


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


"My work as a designer - Fernando declares - consists on trying to implement the concerns relating to design, handicrafts and architecture which I come across on a daily basis. I observe research and develop projects, in a self-taught way, with the only purpose of satisfying my own personal motivation. With the experience I acquired during years of work I collaborate with artists, interior designers and architects offering them design and manufacturing solutions. All this I do under the name of Lebrel"

Images credits: Jose Manuel Pedrajas




  • Dagmar Nordberg

    Wonderful! I admire this philosophy behind your design! Unfortunately it is a freedom made for men. The unsafety and exposure for a woman i habiting a similar space would take the freedom out of the equation.

  • Dagmar Nordberg


  • Valentina Ieva

    Valentina Ieva


    Bari / Italy

    Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)