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Behind the Scenes at Harry Gesner's Sandcastl

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This year, we visited the 4th International Iconic Houses Conference in L.A. and were lucky enough to tour some of the most influential pieces of architecture in existence today.
Follow us through Harry Gesner's Sandcastle in Malibu, built directly on the sand in 1970. To hear directly from the architect himself about his inspiration behind the house, make sure to watch this video and read about the story here:

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The front view of a detached section of the house. Gesner holds his archives and surfboards here.
Looking into the circular living space, which revolves around an oversized fireplace.
The kitchen is found on the other side of the fireplace.
Gesner hangs some of his old cherished surfboards throughout his beach property.
Throughout Gesner's house, we found an endless number of unique pieces—all of which have stories behind them.
The brick on the fireplace was gathered from an old house that had collapsed from an earthquake.
Each piece in the Sandcastle is perfectly worn-in.
Gesner used reclaimed wood to build the structure himself.
Looking up from the beach, it blends into the natural environment perfectly.
The Sandcastle looks down onto a pristine Malibu beach.
The Sandcastle sits naturally among the trees.
Harry Gesner sharing his inspirational story. #harrygesner #sandcastle #iconichouses Video still courtesy of Jamie...
To the left of the Sandcastle is the Wave House, another residence designed by Gesner in 1957.
Gesner's views from his round deck.
Gesner displays some of his old surfboards on the side of his beach house.
The windows that surround the circular structure reflect the surroundings.
A sketch on one of Gesner's displayed surfboards.
After Gesner told us his story, he could be seen relaxing at his dining table.
Gesner worked with his trusted helper to archive his work from the last 70 years.
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