Mys­te­ri­ous of­fice sus­pended un­der­neath a bridge

Dayton Daily News - - BUSINESS -


Cities around the world have at­tempted to turn the shad­owy ar­eas un­der­neath tow­er­ing con­crete over­passes into at­trac­tive, us­able spa­ces. In Hous­ton, an artist put an in­stal­la­tion us­ing video, au­dio and sculp­ture un­der an over­pass, ac­cord­ing to Next City. Lon­don has in­stalled a skate park un­der a bridge, while Shang­hai has built a jun­gle gym.

Abel­lanas’s of­fice is what’s known as a “par­a­sitic struc­ture,” which uses ex­ist­ing architecture to re­claim wasted space or siphon off re­sources from a host struc­ture. The of­fice has a metal base that is at­tached to rails, al­low­ing the struc­ture to be moved from one part of the bridge to an­other us­ing a hand crank.

At one end of the rails, items that adorn a typ­i­cal of­fice — shelves, a cac­tuses, framed pic­tures, a desk and a chair — are bolted to the bridge’s con­crete wall. Doors fold out­ward, giv­ing the in­hab­i­tant the op­tion of open­ing up the of­fice to the out­side world. At night, the doors can be closed and bed­ding stored on the shelves above al­lows the user to spend the night.

Dezeen, an architecture and de­sign pub­li­ca­tion, char­ac­ter­ized the of­fice as an “ur­ban cabin” that of­fers “re­treat from the bus­tle of the city,” de­spite the mas­sive road­way above.

The artist told The Spa­ces that his in­ter­est in cre­at­ing a hide­away from which to ob­serve the out­side world orig­i­nated in child­hood. He com­pared the of­fice to a child’s ex­pe­ri­ence of hid­ing un­der the ta­ble.

“In this case, we are not re­fer­ring to an idyl­lic hut you would find in the mid­dle of the woods but rather to tiny spa­ces re­cov­ered from the city it­self, where you can hide from the city’s hec­tic pace,” Abel­lanas told the pub­li­ca­tion. “Th­ese are lo­ca­tions that, due to their architecture, lo­ca­tion or size, have be­come use­less. Peo­ple hardly notice when walk­ing by.”

Abel­lanas said the of­fice’s lo­ca­tion is a se­cret and that the struc­ture will re­main in place un­til its parts are stolen or author­i­ties dis­cover it.


Fer­nando Abel­lanas, a Span­ish de­signer, de­cided to cre­ate a workspace be­neath a bridge. The pro­ject is an ef­fort to re­claim un­used ur­ban spa­ces.

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