a folding, burnt-wood facade encloses BYRÓ architekti's garden pavilion

a folding, burnt-wood facade encloses BYRÓ architekti's garden pavilion

a garden pavilion outside prague

 

Prague-based architecture firm   has unveiled its latest project, the Garden Pavilion. Occupying a mature garden in the heart of the city, the tiny structure serves as a calming escape for leisure time, with the option for occasional overnight stays.

 

Built of spruce wood, the pavilion fulfills a unique request from the clients, who sought a new space within their beloved garden without sacrificing its openness. Originally occupying the site was a derelict cottage. BYRÓ architekti’s solution was to create a structure that offered minimal enclosed space, primarily for protection from harsh weather. This allows the clients to maximize their enjoyment of the outdoors while still having a comfortable retreat during summer nights. The design incorporates an additional function — during winter, the pavilion transforms into a sheltered space for storing plants, recalling a traditional winter garden.

BYRÓ architekti garden pavilionPrague firm BYRÓ architekti designs a new retreat space in a client’s garden | images © Alex Shoots Buildings

 

 

the folding facade by BYRÓ architekti

 

The spirit of the Garden Pavilion lies in its innovative folding facade designed by the team at BYRÓ architekti. One entire wall of the structure can be completely opened using a system of steel cables, pulleys, and counterweights, allowing for effortless operation by a single person. When open, the interior transitions into the surrounding garden. The architects describe this effect as a ‘paraphrase of a garden loggia,’ drawing inspiration from this historical architectural element that blurred the lines between interior and exterior spaces. The opened facade also creates a covered outdoor area perfect for seeking refuge during light rain, with a polycarbonate panel functioning as a roof extension.

 

The pavilion’s design reflects the existing character of the garden colony near the Vltava River. The surrounding area is dotted with greenhouses, arbors, and small, mostly dark and windowless cottages used for storage. To echo this aesthetic, BYRÓ architekti opted for a dark, burnt wood exterior (shou-sugi-ban technique) with a natural, irregular texture. With the shutters closed, the pavilion blends with the quiet, introspective structures around it.

BYRÓ architekti garden pavilion
the architects designed a folding facade that opens up the entire side of the pavilion

 

 

the compact architecture

 

The Garden Pavilion itself is designed by BYRÓ architekti as a simple wooden structure built using a two-by-four construction system. The interior walls are finished with plaster, while the rear wall features an integrated bookshelf and a ladder leading to the upper floor, both clad in wood. The upper floor and library are constructed using wooden slats, allowing for natural light to filter through and create a sense of visual connection within the space. This, combined with windows strategically placed on three sides and the openable polycarbonate wall, ensures a bright and airy atmosphere even when the pavilion remains closed. Despite its compact footprint — just 3 x 5 meters and under five meters tall — the space feels surprisingly lofty.

 

The final touch is the pavilion’s complete self-sufficiency. Unconnected to any utility networks, it relies solely on a photovoltaic panel to generate electricity for basic lighting needs. This sustainable approach reflects the overall harmony between the Garden Pavilion and its natural environment.

BYRÓ architekti garden pavilion
the client requested a new structure which maintains the open feel of the garden BYRÓ architekti garden pavilion
when open, the pavilion creates a fluid connection between the indoors and outdoors BYRÓ architekti garden pavilion
the exterior of the pavilion is made of dark, burnt wood to match the other structures on the property

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the rear interior wall features a wooden bookshelf and a ladder

a folding, burnt-wood facade encloses BYRÓ architekti's garden pavilion
the upper floor and library are constructed from wooden slats to filter natural light

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the pavilion is self-sufficient with a photovoltaic panel generating electricity for basic lighting

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