Here are some design notes when it comes to modern pergola designs. The most common pergola design is to have decorative and somewhat rounded ends on the beam. The easiest way of creating a more modern pergola is to do away with the decorative ends.
East Village Roof Garden - modern - landscape - new york - by pulltab design Like the idea of open slats as a roof to let some sun in an area. Don't like roofs that can be opened and closed