The Garden Shelf by Lausanne-based firm Dreier Frenzel Architecture is a summer pavilion for a family in Geneva, Switzerland. composed of three, distinct volumes arranged in an offset manner, the small concrete structure directs its focal point to the immediate site – the garden – rather than the more distant view from the slope which it resides on.
Hugging the natural topography of the plot, the design scales down the garden in a terraced fashion. The individual boxes vary in size and host appropriate programs inside: the smallest form holds storage while the larger ‘rooms’ accommodate a kitchen and a spacious seating area. The interior is connected for the inhabitants to step up or down between functions. When not in use, a system of wooden shutters that run along the open faces enable the shelter to be enclosed.