French architecture studio Marion Bernard Agency has added a concrete structure into the back yard of a Marseille townhouse to turn an unused garden into an outdoor living room.
Manon Gaillet and Sylvain Berard were invited to develop the plot at the rear of the old residence – a site that is surrounded by the gardens of neighbouring buildings.
The architects’ design, called the Inhabited Garden, involved building a canopy across the entire space with large openings that offer residents privacy without blocking out the sunlight.
“We wanted to treat the garden as a room,” they said. “How can this garden work in both summer and winter, and what are the uses that might make us think of a house rather than a garden? Our first thoughts were to find new ways of living in a garden.”