The phenomenon of pop-up, guerilla architecture is nothing new, but rarely is it as thrilling as Fernando Abellanas’s hidden design studio. Affixed to the underside of a concrete traffic bridge in an unnamed location in Valencia, Spain, the space consists of a shelf, chair, and desk bolted directly to the concrete wall, some 16 feet off the ground.
The “floor” of the studio is a metal and plywood platform suspended from the beams of the bridge. It works a little like a drawbridge, accessed from the top of a raised incline and then rolled into place along the wall via a hand crank.
The plumber-turned-furniture-designer didn’t set out to create a practical space. Rather, he wanted to evoke the feeling of a child hiding in a fort beneath a table or in a closet. It’s just one of a series of refuge-like spaces Abellanas is planning to create in abandoned or unused places.
“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 tells The Spaces.
Watch how it works in the video below.