Historically, pergolas were used in the south of Italy to support grape-vines and arrange a shady rest corner in the patio; they were made in the form of a canopy or addition with benches and tables under them. The idea of the whole design was so successful that pergolas quickly became widespread throughout the continent, becoming an integral part of garden and park ensembles. The architecture of pergolas is diverse and depends on the overall compositional concept: it can be a simple wooden structure, richly decorated marble columns with a vault or a modern high-tech gazebo made of light metal partitions. The type of pergola is chosen based on its purpose: tent, partition, awning, tunnel, or canopy. Distinctive features of pergolas include repeating sections, supports, arc elements and lattice.

Traditional pergolas are used in various styles, repeating their motives. Today, metal, polymer materials, concrete, stone, and plexiglass are widely used in making these structures, along with wood, a classic material for pergolas. The type of material depends on the location and functions.

Functions of pergolas:

- Space zoning
- Decoration of a green area with climbing plants
- Hiding structures that are out of the design concept
- Decoration of an entrance space
- Creation of places for rest and solitude

Production of pergolas

Pergola is indispensable as a shelter from the bright summer sun or a sudden rain. In addition, this is a nice architectural solution for transforming urban public spaces into a comfortable environment - be it a huge square, an empty intersection of park paths or the entrance to a public garden. However, it is important to take into account the fact that the construction of pergolas in urban conditions should be equally expressive in winter and in summer.

In a modern city, pergolas become a part of the infrastructure, and not just a decorative element. Thus, in AIRA's SMART TRACK project for safe and comfortable cycling, pergolas are made in the same style as the rest of the structures and serve as a covered parking for bicycles and rest places.

AIRA designs pergolas for city streets and green areas, so our structures are resistant to temperature variations, rains, and other weather conditions; they are characterized by an increased wear resistance and good performance characteristics. The design and structure of each art object are unique, they are developed by leading designers and architects and meet all the requirements for creating a comfortable and modern urban space.


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