The Kowalewski Residence is located in Atlantic Beach, New York, and was designed by Belmont Freeman Architects. At a glance, you might mistake this home as an office building, since it has a design that is rather rigid and formal, as opposed to the warm and welcoming feel that homes usually try to create. Besides that, the ultra-contemporary style of this house is also not exactly in harmony with its surrounding, which is dominated with 1920’s and 30’s homes. But in spite of those abnormalities, we cannot deny that this house looks very cool indeed, and it is actually a comfortable dwelling.
From the outside this house looks like a gigantic cube with a paved driveway in front of it and a neatly trimmed grass field surrounding it. It is painted stark white, with a little bit of grey stone tiles as an accent. The front face of the building has a rectangular glass window that goes from the bottom of the house right to the top. Three little square windows are placed adjacent to it. Every design element in the exterior is very modern, symmetrical and angular, except for the round window at one side of the house, which we think gives a nice touch to the rigidly styled house.
Luckily, the inside of the house looks homier. The ground floor is especially well-lit, since it has the tall window at the front of the house, plus a glass wall at the back of the house. This glass wall overlooks the manicured lawn, and there is a double door that opens directly to the lawn. The interior is still dominated by white color, although its starkness is overset by the dark wooden floor and furniture. The design here is also very contemporary, although it looks less formal since it includes elements that add beauty and warmth instead of mere functionality and symmetry, such as a huge painting on one wall, a unique floor lamp with a red shade, and sheer cream-colored curtains that cover the glass wall. The house certainly has all the necessary furniture and appliances, but the furniture arrangement is very neat, so that the rooms look spacious and not cluttered. So after all, this is a comfortable home indeed, no matter how it seems from the outside.