Spanish designer Fernando Abellanas created an amazing little studio in the most unconventional space in Spain. The empty concave beneath a busy city highway is many feet above ground, but by walking up an inclined pavement that leaves him level with the space, Abellanas designed a hand crank to transport himself along two metal rails with wheels. One he gets there, the platform upon which the hand crank stands becomes the “floor” of his tiny studio.
The platform has side panels, or “doors”, that open and close to form a little square “room”, so to speak. The concrete wall of the overpass serves as the wall, where Abellanas hung shelves that house frames, mementos, a light, and even a comforter and pillow for longer stays. A table and a desk are also attached to the concrete wall and hang suspended.
Abellanas, who, according to Design Boom, goes by the name Lebrel, says the space inspired the area under the table of his childhood growing up.
“In this scenario, the noise of family members is replaced by the noise emanating from the traffic above,” Design Boom reports, “and the soaring concrete walls recreate the security of the table cloth.”
According to deMilked, Abellanas is keeping the exact location of the space a secret because it is “an ephemeral intervention. [It will remain] until someone finds it and decides to steal the materials, or the authorities remove it.”
Obviously, don’t try this at home unless you’re a skilled architect/designer/certified construction worker. It’s truly innovative, but a risk if you don’t know what you’re doing.
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