The arched windows and roofline of east Malibu property Ravenseye have more than a passing resemblance to the tip of a surfboard – a nod to architect Harry Gesner’s passion for riding waves.
Gesner – a self-taught architect who built a cult following for his breezy, Californian house designs – frequently draws on his experience as an adventurer and surfer, though these influences manifest themselves differently from project to project.
In Ravenseye – on the market for $9.5m via Nicholas Property Group and completed in 1997– this is most evident in the floor-to-ceiling glass of the Californian property’s dramatic 25-ft-high room, where timber tracery carves the glass plane into angled tips that recall the surfboard’s silhouette.
Interiors feature tiled stone floors, wooden floors boards and exposed timber ceilings alongside stone fireplaces. Owner Gavin Cain re-enlisted Gesner to help him remodel the 4,500 sq ft property, updating its kitchen and bathrooms.
The Las Flores Canyon home further celebrates its setting with multiple deck and patio areas staring out to the pacific ocean. A pool and jacuzzi nestle into lush gardens, alongside a vintage 1957 airstream trailer that doubles as entertainment space and guest accommodation.