Design: Moonlight in the Bathroom

However modest in scale, Richard Neutra 's houses soared

When Architect Richard Neutra was designing a house for Alan and Janet Glenn in Stamford, Conn., he took them out late one evening to the site. "And this is where your bathroom will be," he said. "When the moon is out, it will shine through the skylight, so you won't have to switch on the light and disturb each other."

Neutra, the Vienna-born American architect who died twelve years ago at the age of 78, insisted on involving his clients in planning their houses. He would...