Self-Taught Designer Masters Parasitic Architecture

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A design philosophy that has recently introduced itself in the construction world is the innovative concept of Parasitic Architecture. New Atlas description is:

“Parasitic Architecture emulates the relationship with the new structures sitting of, underneath, or alongside existing structures, constantly relying on it’s host for support and resources.”

Somewhere in Valencia, Spain, installed under an unknown bridge, lies a simple shelter which includes shelving, seating and even a sleeping area. Self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas just broke free of building norms and constructed the perfect example of Parasitic Architecture by making use of the existing bridge as the structural host for this new home.


Abellanas was inspired from his childhood to recapture the moment where children experienced hiding underneath the dining table cloth, or in a secret space. He recalled his experiences when he was younger as ‘magical.’ He remembers constructing forts and hiding beneath tables at a young age and wanted to bring back that sense of freedom in a location that seems invisible to most passers-by.  Since non-amenities could be installed, this abode is treated more like an art installation, instead of a home, for everyone to enjoy.


“My work as a designer consists of trying to implement the concerns relating to design, handicrafts and architecture which I come across on a daily basis,” said Abellanas. “I observe, research and develop projects, in a self-taught way, with the only purpose of satisfying my own personal motivation. With the experience I acquired during years of work I collaborate with artists, interior designers and architects offering them design and manufacturing solutions. All this I do under the name of Lebrel.”

This whimsical shelter is the first in the collection of spaces Abellanas has planned to create all over Valencia, Spain.