Outdoor Structures: Create an "Extra Room"

Pergolas, gazebos, awnings, sunshades. Flexible, high-tech solutions for outdoor living all year round

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Outdoor Structures: Create an "Extra Room"

22/07/2021 - With the right structure, outdoor space becomes a natural extension of the home, an 'extra room' in every respect. From pergolas to umbrellas, outdoor enclosures play a vital role in domestic space. They are easy to assemble, flexible and high-tech - a must-have all year round, whatever the weather.

With the arrival of summer, outdoor space becomes the setting for domestic life. Terraces, balconies, courtyards and gardens are transformed into hybrid spaces to be used at all times of the day. Reading a book while it's raining. Relaxing in the sun. Eating lunch in the shade. Doing sports in the open air. All of these activities help us reconnect with nature.

There are many customised outdoor enclosures for any space: pergolas and gazebos for larger gardens; compact awnings for smaller balconies and terraces; versatile, easy-to-manage umbrellas.
 
Here are some outdoor structures to create a 'space within a space' en plein air.
 

Pergolas and gazebos. Outdoor enclosures to enjoy all year round

Pergolas and gazebos easily adapt to gardens and terraces because they require larger spaces than other structures. Still, they provide a comfortable place that can be used all year round. Self-supporting or anchored to a wall, pergolas structures can be closed on all sides to be appreciated even in the coldest seasons. Consisting of a wood or metal frame with a textile covering, the gazebo is a flexible and decorative structure ideal for open and airy pavilions.
 
Connect mirrored pergola by Pratic
Made with mirrored walls that offer total privacy, Pratic's Connect bioclimatic pergola conceals the space inside the pergola while leaving views out intact. This solution is made possible by fixed and sliding perimeter mirrored or smoked windows. The Amazon Alexa and Google Home systems make the pergola even smarter.  The home automation systems react to weather conditions using sensors that activate the closure of the blades in the event of rain, snow or strong wind.
Connect by Pratic

Connect by Pratic

 
Pavilion O by Kettal. An aluminium frame that can be freely assembled
Flexible and modular, Pavilion O is Kettal's system for reinventing outdoor and office space. The outdoor version consists of a simple powder-coated aluminium frame. Numerous accessories like a bed, bench, blinds, lamps and blackout panels in fabric or expanded metal can be combined with the structure.
Pavilion O by Kettal

Pavilion O by Kettal

 
Ombrina, the Roda enclosure with a Mediterranean flavour
A slender scaffolding designed to filter sunlight, OMBRINA is a self-supporting steel gazebo designed by Antonino Sciortino for Roda. The project reinterprets the typical Mediterranean outdoor iron rod roofs with high-performance materials designed to last. The powder-coated stainless steel structure is combined with a roof in polyester straps and floating curtains.
Ombrina by Roda

Ombrina by Roda

 
Regulate light and ventilation with the Kedry Skylife pergola by KE
KE's KEDRY SKYLIFE bioclimatic pergola includes a roof with retractable blades that allow users to adjust light and ventilation, depending on weather conditions. With a single movement, the blades rotate and retract, opening and closing, allowing quick adjustments of the thermal and lighting systems.
It is possible to illuminate the space internally and externally thanks to LED strips integrated with the perimeter profiles. The smartphones and tablet apps enable remote management.
Kedry Skylife by KE

Kedry Skylife by KE

 
Paola Lenti's Resort makes outdoor living a colourful experience
Pure shapes, lightness and lots of colour. Paola Lenti's Resort outdoor enclosures combine a simple steel and aluminium structure with the brand's hyper-coloured outdoor fabrics to create a coordinated decor or compositions that contrast with the furnishings.
Resort by Paola Lenti

Resort by Paola Lenti

 
Pergola by Gandia Blasco reinterprets traditional Ibiza architecture
Gandia Blasco's Pergola outdoor enclosures are contemporary reinterpretations of Ibizia's traditional wooden porches and pergolas. The pergola becomes an extension of the living space to use all year round. It is a private shelter and a canopy that protects from the sun and reduces room temperature while allowing air to circulate. In its apparent simplicity, the Pergola system enables users to create personalised spaces with a minimal or eclectic style thanks to a wide variety of finishes, materials and fabrics.
Pergola by Gandia Blasco

Pergola by Gandia Blasco

 
A space within a space - the Imago pergola by Corradi
Designed as an autonomous and flexible unit, Imago by Corradi is a self-sufficient and flexible structure for creating a space within a space that can be used all year round. The columns house a downpipe for water runoff and lateral guides for the screens. The beams are designed to integrate all the enclosures in the Corradi range, concealing any discontinuity from view. The slats can accommodate dimmable LED lights. By rotating the slats, users can create a comfortable space in all seasons. Depending on the angle, it is possible to control sunlight and natural ventilation in the room below, thus regulating the temperature.
Imago by Corradi

Imago by Corradi

 

Outdoor fabric awnings

With an arm or as a canopy, outdoor awnings are anchored to façades to create covered spaces without lateral impediments, ideal for small balconies. Awnings use synthetic fibre textiles designed to resist atmospheric agents. The easily foldable fabric can create large outdoor coverings that become ultra-compact when closed.
 
A sinuous profile for the Spazio awning by Gibus
Spazio arm awnings reinterpret the oldest family of Gibus products - awnings with square bar arms. Designed by Meneghello Paolelli Associati, the new series reworks the technical concepts of the historic DIM series with sinuous shapes and new technological options. SPAZIO is the first family to integrate the patented Invisible Lock system that bolts the heads that support the roller and square bar, ensuring aesthetic continuity between the awning's main structural elements.
Spazio by Gibus

Spazio by Gibus

 
A minimalist fabric roof. Lapure by Renson
Minimalist and discreet, Renson's Lapure awning consists of a screen fabric roof resting on simple aluminium columns with no lateral connections. The system attaches to an existing façade.  When the top is closed, Lapure offers shelter from the sun, wind and rain, creating a protected corner. When the roof is open, sunlight enters the lightweight structure without obstructing views.
Lapure by Renson

Lapure by Renson

 
The BX270 compact awning by Harol
With its compact housing, Harol's BX270 awning can be perfectly integrated into any facade. This folding-arm awning also has a fully enclosed housing to ensure that the fabric is completely protected from dirt and weather. BX270 is also available with energy-saving dimmable LED lighting to create a suggestive atmosphere in just a few steps.
BX270 by Harol

BX270 by Harol

 
The Dvelas canvas awning 
The Spanish brand Dvelas produces outdoor furniture and tents by recycling nautical canvas waste, a resistant and durable fabric that lends itself to numerous uses. Customisable in shape and size, the awning can include a perimeter LED lighting system.
Light Sail by Dvelas

Light Sail by Dvelas

 
 

Flexible and versatile umbrellas

Easy to move, close and store, umbrellas require no particular installation work. They are ideal for people who do not have much space or need a flexible, temporary, space-saving and easy-to-manage piece of furniture.  
 
The Acacia umbrella by Extremis recalls the shape of a stylised tree 
Inspired by the African Acacia tree, the Acacia umbrella by Extremis can shelter from the sun's rays despite the relatively small size of the canvas. Compact and minimalist, Acacia is composed of a branched structure and an irregular, removable cover. When the sun goes down, simply remove the canvas to obtain outdoor illumination using the integrated lighting system.
Acacia by Extremis

Acacia by Extremis

 
Bloom by Royal Botania is inspired by a blossom
Clean aesthetics and organic shapes. Royal Botania's Bloom umbrella looks like a blooming flower from below, hence its name. To allow for larger dimensions, the umbrella incorporates a crank-operated spindle system. When the spindle is activated, the upper part of the structure is pulled down to join the lower portion, while all the small supporting slats are perfectly joined into one solid organic piece.
Bloom by Royal Botania

Bloom by Royal Botania

 
Spectra UX by Umbrosa. Finishes and materials between nature and architecture
Combining different materials, colours and finishes, Umbrosa has created Spectra UX, a collection of 4 umbrellas inspired by nature and architecture.
Neutral and minimal, Architecture plays with grey tones. Nature combines earthy tones, wood textures and the lightness of Sunbrella's 'Lino' fabric. Culture, with a palette ranging from brown-red to pink, is the collection's most colourful. The 2 soft and light overlapping fabrics of Marine are inspired by the sea, waves and traditional Greek villages.
Spectra UX by Umbrosa

Spectra UX by Umbrosa

 
Emma sunscreen, the essential umbrella by Varaschin
Handy, essential, practical, Emma sunscreen is a Varaschin umbrella by Monica Armani. Designed to be easily moved and oriented in any direction, its technical PVC fabric has micro-holes that filter the sun's rays while allowing air to circulate.
Emma sunscreen by Varaschin

Emma sunscreen by Varaschin


Made-to-order outdoor structures

Off-the-shelf options are not always the most suitable for creating the perfect outdoor enclosure. Older buildings, refurbished structures, additions or green architecture often need custom-made systems. Depending on their historical or landscape context, they can be made of metal, wood or masonry. 
 
A wood structure for a 16th-century farmhouse
In the unspoilt nature of the Umbrian valleys, between Panicale and Lake Trasimeno, a 16th-century farmhouse has been converted into a holiday residence. The renovation project enhances the rustic style of the original structure's stone elements, wooden beams and natural materials. In continuity with the architecture, two outdoor enclosures are located behind the building and next to the swimming pool. Made of wood and bamboo, they gently filter the sun and act as skeletons for the luxuriant plants climbing the beams. 
Posabile by Special Umbria - photo by Kristian Septimius Krogh - Source: Archilovers

Posabile by Special Umbria - photo by Kristian Septimius Krogh - Source: Archilovers

 
Total white perforated sheet metal for addition in Melbourne
Designed by architect Ben Shields, the home addition in Melbourne blends with the existing architecture, increasing light and improving the usability of indoor and outdoor spaces. The custom-built outdoor gazebo is essential and discreet. Two slender columns support the perforated sheet metal roof, an element that harmonises with the cladding of the new volume.
Terrace House 1 by Rory Gardiner - photo by Rory Gardiner - Source: Archilovers

Terrace House 1 by Rory Gardiner - photo by Rory Gardiner - Source: Archilovers

 
Wooden beams inspired by centuries-old olive trees
Immersed in the nature of the Itria Valley, the layout and use of materials in the Orama Relais project evoke traditional Apulian farms. The stone and white plaster building revolves around an interior dining courtyard. The custom pergola is made of imposing natural wood beams, a tribute to the centuries-old olive trees typical of the area.
Orama Relais by flore & venezia architects - Source: Archilovers

Orama Relais by flore & venezia architects - Source: Archilovers

 
A metal pergola for a cement house overlooking the sea
Casa Chuburná is a large 'cement box' overlooking the Yucatan beach. Built on two levels, the home is a series of cement blocks that create a play of solids and voids. This design choice is reflected in the outdoor space characterised by a courtyard with direct access to the beach. Here, the metal pergola with its rigorous profile creates a natural link between interior and exterior, covering part of the swimming pool and the courtyard. 
Chuburná House by Enrique Cabrera - photo by Tamara Uribe - Source: Archilovers

Chuburná House by Enrique Cabrera - photo by Tamara Uribe - Source: Archilovers

 
A perforated metal arch for a home with an eclectic vibe
In Brussels, the home designed by studio 51N4E is composed of architectural elements with different personalities. A structure with exposed bricks, a bright, glassed-in room, a concrete staircase, a Venetian terrazzo floor and a large exterior wall covered in wisteria create an eclectic mood. Connecting the spaces is the outdoor structure in perforated sheet metal, a large semi-circular arch from which the skeleton emerges.
Room in the city by 51N4E - photo by Maxime Delvaux - Source: Archilovers

Room in the city by 51N4E - photo by Maxime Delvaux - Source: Archilovers

 
A metal and wood frame for a hotel with industrial charm
On the coast of Amaliáda, Greece, an abandoned wine factory was recently transformed into a hotel with industrial magic. The two concrete buildings originally used for wine storage have been transformed into hotel rooms. A series of outdoor structures create a pleasant shaded patio for each room along the hotel's entire length. Composed of thin metal frames and simple wooden slats, pergolas blend perfectly with the architecture, recalling the reclaimed materials and colours used for the interior and exterior spaces. 
Dexamenes Seaside Hotel by k-studio - photo by Claus Brechenmacher & Reiner Bauman - Source: Archilovers

Dexamenes Seaside Hotel by k-studio - photo by Claus Brechenmacher & Reiner Bauman - Source: Archilovers

 
Organic materials and shapes in harmony with nature
Set between rocky mountains and the sea, the Native Beach Villa project consists of the principal rectangular volume and various irregular elements that follow the contours of the land. The construction materials - local stone, chestnut and iroko wood, stucco and mortar - are also in total harmony with nature. For the outdoor pergola near the dining area, a rust-coloured metal structure supports a series of polished branches, a 'casual' shaded area that gently filters the sun.
NATIVE BEACH VILLA by Paly Architects - photo by George Anastasakis - Source: Archilovers

NATIVE BEACH VILLA by Paly Architects - photo by George Anastasakis - Source: Archilovers

 

 

 

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