Located in the heart of Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, the backyard of this single-family home is the second project MYTO d.e.v. has completed for the client: several months earlier, the team renovated the interior spaces. All that was left to reinvent was the backyard. 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 that goal, Brisson had to overcome a challenge: designing furnishings suitable for the long 446 sq. ft. space. “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,” the designer 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.
设计团队还必须满足一个客户的要求，即院落空间必须易于维护并且能够承受任何天气。 “这所房子是我们客户的地盘，他们喜欢和几个朋友一起去旅游，因此基本没有时间来整理与维护这个院落。”对于桌子，设计师选择将铝制框架与Ductal®混凝土顶板结合在一起，这种材料的孔隙率仅为1％，具有完全的防水性和防潮性，最重要的是，它比常规混凝土轻得多。设计师解释说：“半英寸的厚度就足够了，而常规混凝土必须要厚两到三英寸才能获得相同的阻力。” Ductal®混凝土也可以着色，设计师选择了近乎白色的灰色，与24 x 24黑色的大型铺路石形成对比，最后的效果是家具似乎像波浪一样从地面冒出来。
The MYTO d.e.v. team also had to work with a prerequisite: the layout needed to be easy to maintain and able to withstand any weather. “This house is our clients’ pied-à-terre. They like to visit with a few friends, and never have to tidy or maintain the garden when they’re there,” she says. For the table, Brisson chose to combine an aluminum frame with a Ductal® 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,” she explains. Ductal® concrete can also be tinted. The designer 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.
桌子周围是Jardin de Ville的绳索椅。电池供电的小型LED灯在这里和那里放置，以在夜晚柔和地照亮空间，它们有助于营造温暖的氛围，而不会因过度强烈的光线而使邻居烦恼。而且在冬天，它们可以在房间内使用。” Brisson补充说。
Around the table are rope chairs from Jardin de Ville. Small, battery-powered LED lanterns are placed here and there to light the space softly at night. “The Follow Me lamps can be moved around without getting in the way. They help create a warm ambience without annoying the neighbours with overly intense light. And in the winter, they can be used inside,” Brisson adds.
Lastly, to enhance the intimate ambience and make the space completely private, the designer 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.
Project Location: Montréal, Canada