Saturday, March 13, 2010

Harry Gesner soul surfer/genius

He sketched the design for his famous 1957 wave house with a grease pencil on top of his surfboard while trying to get to the "soul of the site" (aka surfing late when he should have been working). The "wave house" inspired the Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who went on to design the Sydney Opera House.

Harry Gesner is over 80, still works & still surfs (with a seagull feather encrusted Gath Helmet).

To read the Vanity Fair article click here. The dwell article is a must see as well . . . follow the link.

Below the sketch of the Tahitian bachelor pad, Gesner designed for Marlon Brando. He created a natural air conditioner out of a 25 ft long aquarium that pumped cool water in from a reef outside the house.

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