A garden pavilion, while seemingly like a fairly uncomplicated structure, has a rather rich history. The term can refer to a free-standing structure that is located on the same grounds as a main residence, generally speaking, within a short distance. Used primarily for entertainment and leisure, garden pavilions make outdoor areas usable all year round as occupants are sheltered from the elements. Sometimes referred to as a gazebo, nowadays, garden pavilions can be used in courtyards, rooftops, pool and beachside—the possibilities are endless! Take a look…
To begin, we are presented with an unapologetically elegant version of a garden pavilion from Keir Townsend. Located on the grounds of a stunning contemporary build in Virginia Waters, this pavilion fits in with the design of the new build that can be read about here. Erring on Oriental, the form of the structure is complemented by a stunning set of marble stools that are sensitive and respective of the luscious natural surroundings.
For something totally out there, check out this example of a pavilion from Reform Architects. Located on the banks of the River Thames in rural Berkshire, the architects were commissioned to design a pavilion that would allow the clients to enjoy their garden and the river. Following the rejection of many designs from planning authorities, this stunning cantilevered structure went ahead thanks to its sensitive and contextual concept. A totally new take on the classic English garden pavilion that will leave guests and viewers in awe!
Though you may not want your respective dogs or cats occupying your garden pavilion, this wonderful example shows off just how comfortable and relaxing they can be—after all, we know our pets will always seek out the most comfy spot in the house! This style would look great amongst a garden, upon a rooftop or even nestled poolside to shelter from the sun to eat or even take a nap. You can open up the sides to let the breeze blow through, eliciting emotions of being at the seaside.
For those who want to enjoy a spot of tea or even a good read outdoors, this gorgeous country style garden pavilion may be just what you're looking for. The simple, understated framework is complemented by the ornate pale yellow curtains, which as you can see, have the ability to be pulled back depending on the direction of the breeze or sun. Whether your host a single armchair or a table for six, this is a great investment for any garden.
If your garden is not classic or country themed—not a problem. There is this wonderful wooden garden pavilion from Lush Garden Design in an Oriental style. As you can see, it fits in perfectly with the Zen garden it is situated in, offering a place for shelter from the rain or the sun, or perhaps even a space to complete morning yoga or Tai Chi stretches. The tone of the wood matches the earthy, natural feeling of the garden, creating the harmony and balance an Asian style garden offers.
If you want to see more garden ideas, check out the following ideabook: Extraordinary garden design