The Lowey House consists of two long, narrow rectangles at right angles to each other which surround a pool that passes under one of the sides of the house. The only strong vertical element is the back of the fireplace, which denotes the entry, located at the intersection of the two rectangles. At this junction, the walls become static, and separate and differentiate the outside from inside. On entering the house, one passes through another wall to find oneself outside again. To enter a room, one must again pass through one of the wall planes. The pool comes into the house, also blurring the distinction between the outside and inside. These elements break the boundaries of enclosure in the same way that the roof projects into the desert to claim part of the landscape as private space. Loewy contributed to the design of the house with pickled wood around the pool area, the interior furnishings, and the cosmetic streamlining of the living room ceiling.
Original Images by Julius Shulman