Whether you have a sprawling rooftop or small terrace space, one thing is certain: In order to maximize al fresco dining and relaxing in the summer months, creating shade is a requirement.

Next-Level Pergolas and Gazebos

“Pergolas are a fantastic way to create privacy and shade while still allowing for some natural light to seep through. Opt for classic stripes for a more Mediterranean feel, a solid retracting canopy customized for the space or more whimsical pergolas with natural materials including palm and straw.

“A gazebo is a lovely accouterment to an outdoor story especially if you appreciate entertaining. We love the creativity of a bespoke gazebo for dining—some clients opt for themes like a Bedouin tent within a concrete jungle. For one of our projects in New York at the Wales, there is a one-of-a-kind penthouse with private outdoor space complete with views of Central Park. We created shaded areas with greenery and beautiful landscaping in select corners, which was a nod to the lush greenery of Central Park.

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