Ciudad Oculta

Cloister of the Palacio Church
Concéntrico 02

Lebrel – Fernando Abellanas

Since we were children, many of us have felt a special interest in the concept of a cabin, that small space that somehow protects us and isolates us from our surroundings.
Places as simple as the inside of a wardrobe or the underside of a table are enough to make us dream of being inside a castle.

Over time, those of us who have not given up our taste for “conquering” these small places have begun to widen our search field by looking outside our home. Those who live in the suburbs probably tend to select spaces such as trees or lush bushes where they can improvise their hut, but those of us who have grown up in the city centre have had to content ourselves with playing at looking for these shelters in holes, tunnels or buildings in the city itself.

Often, motivated by the idyllic figure of the vagabond that we have seen in children’s films, the ultimate example of freedom, I have looked for those places that, despite being located in the heart of the city, manage to remain hidden from it. Something like the insinuating structure that hides behind a large advertising poster that represents the city.

In a way, with this piece I intend to represent those main aspects that define these urban huts.

The use of boards arranged in parallel allows us to tell step by step the route and the sensations that arise from the moment we intuit a space, discover it and somehow interact with it by arranging it and turning it into a place of meditation where we can read, think and dream.


Fernando Abellanas

Self-taught designer and craftsman. Through drawing and workshop work in equal parts, he manages to resolve different personal concerns that arise on a daily basis. Under the name Lebrel, he brings together different projects related to product design or interventions derived from the study of the city. He is particularly interested in spaces that at first sight do not exist, such as old warehouses, tunnels or small dead places, transforming them into habitable spaces or urban cabins where he can temporarily isolate himself from the frenetic pace of the city, recovering the sensation of a child hiding under a table stretcher.