Gazebos are pavilion structures found in outdoor spaces such as gardens, backyards, parks, and other spacious public areas. They are made in various designs and sizes using different materials. Most gazebos are spacious enough to accommodate four to eight people, while some are big enough to be used as bandstands.
Gazebos are typically round bases with six columns or poles that serve as their foundation. Others have less or more than six columns depending on their design. Some gazebos can be square, rectangular, octagonal, or hexagonal. The sides of most gazebos are usually open, but some can be enclosed by panels or fenced in. Gazebos have roofs for shading against the sun and protection from the rain. The roofs are commonly made of wood and roof tiles. Some gazebos are just plain spaces, while some have sitting areas or benches where people can sit down and relax.
The uses of gazebos
Because gazebos are generally open air structures, they are great places for enjoying the breeze and admiring the view of the garden or the park. Gazebos provide shade against the harsh sun on hot days and shelter on rainy days. They serve as gathering places where people can get together to talk or have tea. In parks, gazebos are used as bandstands or mini stages for holding programs and events.
Aside from their utilitarian value, gazebos also have aesthetic value. They are architectural structures that can instantly add character and beauty to a garden or open space. They serve as landmarks and focal points in public parks. Traditionally, gazebos were luxuries found only in the houses and estates of rich families. Today, they can be found in the backyards of average people.
Romance and gazebos
Gazebos make for a very romantic setting because their open yet enclosed area is ideal for a private and intimate meeting of two people. Gazebos can be ornamented with vines, hanging plants, and potted flowers to make them more welcoming and romantic. Since they are usually situated in an area with a lovely view of the mountains or the garden, they are perfect places for holding candlelit dinners. They are spacious enough to accommodate a table, two chairs, a side table for the food and wine cooler, and a group of musicians to serenade the couple.
Gazebos are familiar structures in movies because of their versatility, architectural, and aesthetic value. One of the most famous gazebos in the movies is the one used in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, which was a tall structure enclosed in glass. Another famous gazebo in the movies is the one from the 1959 crime/comedy film, The Gazebo. The Montacute House in South Somerset village in the United Kingdom is well known for its solidly-built garden houses that can be considered as gazebos also.