Gazebos and belvederes most commonly provide commanding vistas of the water. These free-standing structures with their completely open sides or multiplicity of windows provide 360-degree views. It is like being on the open water amongst shifting breezes, scents and the play of sun- or moonlight. Of no practical use, gazebos and belvederes simply exist for pleasure. These are places for observation, meditation, entertainment – maybe even dancing and romancing – all in view of the water. In fact, do you think that we can define them as part of the sustainable architecture design of our homes in the cases when the projects are developed in order to be in perfect balance with nature.
Waterside follies, unlike gazebos, are freguently inward-looking or open to the view in a limited, carefully considered way. They tend to be contemplative, even melancholy spaces, intended for deep thought and reflection, or for reading or writing, with the water nearby providing gentle hints of inspiration, perhaps less seen than heard. Often miniaturized or deliberately playful renderings of antiquated or vernacular building forms, follies can provide delightful, eccentric accents to waterside properties.
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