Designer Fernando Abellanas has built a remarkable
micro-dwelling in Valencia, Spain, that slides into position
under a bridge, suspended safely out of sight from the traffic
passing by above.
The clever construction of the room’s frame allows it to roll
over tilted sections of beam, making its way between a lofted
and secluded position and the top of a slope on the other side
for entry and egress.
A hand-crank lets the dweller move the enclosure back and
forth without any need for an external power source. Furniture
and fixtures, meanwhile, stay put, attached to the vertical
span of bridge supports where the room docks.
Embracing a minimalist approach and industrial palette, this
urban refuge has flexible walls that can form an enclosure and
act as privacy screens, allowing the occupant to hiding
completely behind raised plywood surfaces.
A light-touch approach means the structure leaves essentially
no footprint – it glides lightly around existing
infrastructure. And its built-in mobility mechanism assures
castle-like protection, vertical space acting as a natural
Indeed, the designs were based on childhood fantasies and
real-worldassociations with hard-to-access spaces like tree
houses and table forts easy for children to access but hard for
The dull hum of the road is a bit like the buzz of a family
going about its business — the buffer of concrete also dampens
some of the noise, making the space less loud than it would be
to occupy a space alongside the highway.
Abellanas has long been fascinated with furniture as well as
forts, and his work with other artists and architects reflects
an ongoing interest in paradigm-challenging designs
do-it-yourself guerrilla interventions.