There is a long history of people wanting to build structures in natural settings that only enhance their beauty. Instead of building solid structures that overshadow the landscape, they want to create buildings with a lighter profile that is not as damaging to their environment. The pergola is one of those structures and can be found in gardens and retreats in all corners of the world. From Italy’s iconic covered walkways to modern slim wood slatted structures, the key concepts that make these structures unique have been translated well from the old world to the new.
Some pergolas are designed to become features in themselves in gardens.
The trellis allows plants like ivy and vines to grow naturally within the structure. Many property owners manicure their gardens in a highly specific way to achieve a green roof. The lightweight frame and beam spacing allow plants to access sunlight and air, and the structures are stable enough to allow plants to grow and thrive for years and years. These structures often take on a rustic and worn look that is celebrated. As a result, there are many famous corridors, pavilions, and enclaves around the world that tourists visit.
Modern pergola designs are based on the needs of people in public and private spaces. In sunny and arid parts of the world, they are an ideal structure for shade. In climates where rain is a rare occurrence, a structure with a solid roof is not necessary at bus stops or patios and decks. Often times, people prefer these structures simply because latticework and crafts are quite beautiful. The covered structures are often imposing and seem to wrap the spaces around them. On the other hand, a roof made of thin pieces of wood or other material feels light and airy. You’ll find them on beaches, along waterways, on busy roads, and in many places where people congregate.
If you are thinking of ways to integrate a pergola into your home or business, it is important to remember that plants can take time to grow and develop. You can expect a structure that will only grow more beautiful and attractive as time goes by. They are the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon with a book, a cookout or organize a party with friends and family. Plus, they can act as an impressive entrance to your home or business. If your patio is small enough but you have an ambition to garden, vertical gardens could be the solution.