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Kowalewski Residence / Belmont Freeman Architects

  • 01:00 - 1 March, 2010
Kowalewski Residence / Belmont Freeman Architects
Kowalewski Residence / Belmont Freeman Architects, © Christopher Wesnofske
© Christopher Wesnofske

© Christopher Wesnofske © Christopher Wesnofske © Christopher Wesnofske © Christopher Wesnofske +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Atlantic Beach, New York, United States
  • Architects

    Belmont Freeman Architects
  • Principal In Charge

    Belmont Freeman
  • Project Architect

    Devyn Osborne
  • Structural Engineer

    Ross Dalland, PE
  • Client

    Antoni and Joanna Kowalewski
  • Construction Manager

    Anko Contractor
  • Area

    7500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

From the architect. Atlantic Beach is an established beach community on Long Island, immediately outside of New York City.  It is filled with modest houses from the 1920’s and 30’s in Tudor, Spanish and Art Deco styles.  As real estate prices rose in the last decade, the village saw a lot of “tear-down” activity, as older houses were replaced by much larger homes.  The Kowalewski residence is an attempt to insert a distinctly modern house into the village context in a manner that is respectful of the scale and architectural traditions of the community.  The house does not maximize either the bulk or lot coverage allowed by zoning.  It is oriented with the narrow face - only slightly wider than the former house on the lot – toward the street, with the traditional side driveway and rear garage.  Siting the compact footprint at the north edge of the 85-foot-square lot preserves a wide side garden with mature trees.  In form and materials the house recalls the village’s Art Deco heritage.

© Christopher Wesnofske
© Christopher Wesnofske

The 3600 SF house was designed as the primary residence for a family with two small children.  For privacy, the street façade is nearly blank, while the principal rooms all open onto the garden to the south.  The ground floor has an open plan for casual living and maximum connection to the outdoors.  The second floor a hallway with continuous skylight leads to four bedrooms and three baths.  A sun room / guest suite on the third floor opens onto a large roof terrace with panoramic views of the island and the ocean.  The clients are collectors of contemporary art and the work of some of their artist friends – like the marble floor in the entry foyer – is incorporated into the architectural design.

© Christopher Wesnofske
© Christopher Wesnofske

The structure is steel, with light-gauge metal framed floors and walls and energy-efficient EIS envelope.  Principal exterior materials are stucco, black slate, stainless steel and glass.  The steel and wood stair floats in a tower glazed in shingled panels of frosted glass, like an over-scaled jalousie window.

© Christopher Wesnofske
© Christopher Wesnofske
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J. I. LINARES CPI · June 15, 2011

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hungdang · March 31, 2010

very nice. but how understand about small squares and circle of two faces on facade.

ASD · March 06, 2010

good job guys ..

Jonh · March 04, 2010

Definitely more Gropius than Corbu.

thomas foral · March 03, 2010

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Nicholas Patten · March 03, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Kowalewski Residence. http://bit.ly/cnucpM

jpemery · March 03, 2010

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RQH · March 02, 2010

It's simple and beautiful. I like it a lot.

Dan · March 02, 2010 10:23 PM

I really like the simplicity and efficiency of the first floor plan. The service/circulation bar along one side, with the kitchen, toilet, stair, and fireplace seems really well resolved and compact. I'd opt for a whole other dressing for the house, but this part I really admire.

Michael Baugus · March 02, 2010

Nice exterior. Kowalewski Residence / Belmont Freeman Architects. http://bit.ly/cXbiXu

ArchUD · March 02, 2010

I like the sliced cube look, the huge vertical window is great.

ArchUD · March 02, 2010

I like the sliced cube look, the huge versicle window is great.

Paul Anater · March 02, 2010

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eb · March 02, 2010

boring.

son of owner · July 26, 2010 04:30 AM

hey, dont diss my house, is yours better?

Chuck Wheelock · March 02, 2010

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bLogHouse · March 01, 2010

Very strong Corbu resemblance..may be purposeful..

Michael · March 03, 2010 03:16 AM

boghouse (or whatever your name actually is),

If you think this house resembles a Le Corbusier design then you have obviously never been to one, or studied hard enough.

Oh look! There's a concrete house. It's just like Tadao Ando!

Michael · March 02, 2010 07:16 AM

Le Corbusier resemblance?!
Maybe after 16 beers....
Corb's domestic work was revolutionary.
I can't say the same for this.

Jesús Martínez · March 01, 2010

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