Architecture – Located on the Spree river bank in the Neukölln district of the German capital and in front of the Estrel Berlin Hotel, the Filtered Rays pavilion by Yinka Ilori features re-used scaffolding and translucent, conical discs made from recyclable polytetrafluoroethylene – PTFE – membrane which overlap to form a vibrant canopy overhead in his signature colour palette.
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The project was commissioned by Estrel Berlin Hotel, one of Europe’s largest hotels with a rich history of supporting artists. “When viewing architecture, audiences often look up towards the ceiling or the sky, and it seems like an instinctual way to experience physical structures.” Says Yinka Ilori.
“With ‘Filtered Rays,’ I wanted to play with material, light and colour to manipulate this experience and create moments where your view of the outside is completely transformed.” Indeed, the installation invites hotel guests and passersby to wander through the maze-like structure, which provides brief moments of intimacy and meditation.
Gazing upwards toward the sky, visitors can experience how the light and colourful plastic discs in red, burgundy, yellow and green change their perception of the outside world. ‘Filtered Rays’ will be freely accessible to the public and throughout July, August and September. Here, Estrel Berlin will be hosting yoga, meditation, dance and art workshops for young people, encouraging them to experience Ilori’s work in a new way.
The London-based multidisciplinary artist and designer is best known for his vibrant, colourful, and joyful public interventions. Filtered Rays is its first permanent pavilion in Berlin. Still, Ilori designed it to be demountable so that it could be dissembled and moved to another location. Both the reclaimed scaffolding poles and the modular cones can be easily taken apart and repurposed.
All photos by Linus Muellerschoen, courtesy of Yinka Ilori.