A pergola is a garden feature which is used to created a shaded sitting area or walkway and which can either be a standalone structure is an extension of a building. A lot of contemporary homes have pergolas and we’re very curious to see how the designs have been adapted to suit the style and the overall vibe of the house. Wood is famously the most common material for this type of structure and a modern pergola is not that different in this sense, although other materials can work out nicely.
Studio BENT Architecture renovated a residence in Melbourne, Australia and part of the project was to extend the living area and to reconfigure it. Sliding glass doors let in lots of natural light and can also expose the interior space to the outdoors and a beautiful pergola created a shaded area outside.
Another beautiful example is a residence completed by studio Ro I Rockett Design where the pergola is a a very important part of the design and the house as a whole. The project started out as a modest countryside retreat but ended up evolving into a permanent residence.
The Seorimyeonga Boutique Resort is located in Muju-gun, South Korea and is a wonderful retreat, one which finds the perfect balance between open and closed spaces. Studio Archihood WXY played with various hidden and exposed spaces and included a modern pergola which is more like a roof section connecting two volumes, with a skylight at the center.
A steep slope gives this house great views and to take full advantage of them studio DA-LAB Architects extended the living area outside by building a set of modern pergolas and spacious terraces. The house is 4 stories tall and has two bedroom floors with a living space in between. It was a project by DA-LAB Architects.
This is the Sliding Pergolas House designed by studio FGMF Arquitetos in 2014. It’s located in Bauru, Brazil and it has a very interesting look. Naturally, as the name suggests, the pergolas are a defining characteristic of the entire project. They help to visually expand the house and to extend the limits of the building beyond the walls.
A high pitched roof gives this house a really cozy and charming look and combined with the overall simplicity of the design enforces the modern vibe of the entire place. The house was designed by Architect eigen huis and features a big pergola at the back which is attached to the side of the building and has a black frame.
For this house in Montecito, California the outdoor area is very important. The landscaped front courtyard is a magical space. There’s a rock garden, a water feature, a lawn area and a big and comfortable lounge space framed by a modern pergola. This whole project was done by studio NMA Architects.
The modern pergola of this house from Adelaide, Australia is unlike anything else we came across. the house recently got an extension which includes a large deck with timber fins that form this magnificent and sculptural pergola around it. The fins have LED strips built into them. This was a project by studio Glasshouse.
Speaking of modern pergolas, this one is massive and quite impressive. It’s part of a project completed by architect Vincent Coste on the Corsica island. This seafront villa follows the shape of the landscape and is organized into four sections. The living area seamlessly transitions outside and is connected to the sleeping area by a long pergola which looks absolutely stunning.
The Big Sur Cabin is a charming weekend retreat located in Carmel, California. A few years ago it’s been remodeled by Studio Schicketanz who tried to stay true to the history and original character of the house while giving it an updated and modern look. The wooden deck and the pergola which frames it are beautiful examples of the eclectic nature of this project.
This resort-style home is located in Mallorca, Spain and was designed and architecture studio SAOTA. It has a large outdoor terrace with a modern pergola stretching all the way across. The pergola offers shade but also adds warmth to the space, bringing wood into the picture and allowing it to contrast with the bright and neutral color palette of the decor.