MYTO unfolds concrete furniture for inner courtyard in montreal, canada

located in montreal, MYTO has completed the backyard of a single-family house. the owners, a young couple living in the united states, wanted to transform the outdoor space into a cozy and welcoming place, perfect for weekend get-togethers with friends. to achieve the goal, the practice had to overcome a challenge: designing furnishings suitable for the long 446 sq ft space.

MYTO unfolds concrete furniture for inner courtyard in montreal, canada

 

 

‘we had to work with this particular volume. that inspired us to design linear furniture, stretched out like a ribbon along the entire length of the yard. so our table becomes a low seat under the japanese maple, and a double chaise longue where the sunshine hits the ground,’ MYTO explains. the multifunctional furniture can be used in many different ways depending on the user’s mood and time of day – for having a meal, enjoying a cocktail, chatting, relaxing or even taking a nap.

MYTO unfolds concrete furniture for inner courtyard in montreal, canada

 

 

the MYTO team also had to work with a prerequisite: the layout needed to be easy to maintain and able to withstand any weather. for the table, they chose to combine an aluminum frame with a concrete top. this material, with just 1% porosity, is fully waterproof and humidity-resistant, and most importantly it is much lighter than conventional concrete. ‘a half-inch of thickness is enough, whereas conventional concrete would have had to be two or three inches thick to achieve the same resistance,’ they explain. the designers chose an almost-white grey, contrasting with the large, 24 x 24 black paving stones. the end result is that the furniture seems to emerge from the ground like a wave.

MYTO unfolds concrete furniture for inner courtyard in montreal, canada

 

 

lastly, to enhance the intimate ambience and make the space completely private, the designers installed a wooden fence at the back of the yard. the wooden slats were cut at an angle to admit light while preventing passers-by in the back alley from peering into the courtyard.

MYTO unfolds concrete furniture for inner courtyard in montreal, canada

MYTO unfolds concrete furniture for inner courtyard in montreal, canada

 

 

project info:

 

name: the inner courtyard

architects: MYTO

location: montreal, canada

 

juliana neira I designboom

sep 04, 2019