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Southern Poland’s picturesque, mountainous landscape was a key inspiration for Konieczny’s Ark, a new house in the hills of Brenna by Katowice-based firm KWK Promes. The tough, faceted concrete looks as if it has just landed on this grassy meadow, but its appearance belies a clever structural arrangement that treats the home like a bridge over the landscape, allowing rainwater to flow harmlessly underneath. The bulk of the pitched-roof building, reminiscent of the region’s gabled barns, is raised high off the ground for security, with a drawbridge-style entranceway at one end. The boat-like feel is enhanced by sloping concrete walls that enclose the underfloor storage area, creating spectacular, unencumbered views from within and making the house seem as if it’s launching itself from the hillside. An open-plan central living space is bookended by three bedrooms and a terrace.
The five shortlisted sculptures for the next two Fourth Plinth sculptures in London’s Trafalgar Square have been revealed, and include a whipped cream sundae and a recreation of a relic destroyed by Isis in 2015. Read more here
Heather Phillipson: The End. Photo: James O’Jenkins
From Ancient Egyptian sculptures of Pharaoh to Andy Warhol’s Pop portraits of Mao, artists have a long history of depicting political figures. Whether sponsored by the government or critiquing the establishment, these artworks can be instrumental in shaping the public perception of our leaders. Read more here
Installation view of Rob Pruitt’s “The Obama Paintings,” 2016. Photo courtesy of Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.