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OUR STORY
KEIM mineral paints — a Bavarian invention by the scientist Adolf Wilhelm Keim — are liquid silicate paints that becomes a part of the surface to which it is applied and binds the color pigment into it as well.

KEIM became the leading manufacturer of mineral paints providing only the highest quality, research-based paints with application characteristics prized by painters, and long lasting durability demanded by owners.
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PROJECTS
Grand Central Air Terminal
About:
Grand Central Air Terminal is one of Glendale's most storied structures. It opened in 1929 as the primary public building for Grand Central Air Terminal, which had been established in 1922 as the Glendale Municipal Airport and served as the first commercial airport in the Los Angeles area.

Challenges:
The historic concrete and stucco fabric on the exterior mass masonry walls exhibited cracks from hairline and larger with many historic patches scattered across the coarse-grained facade. The sensitive approach to the renovation was to restore the terminal to its historic appearance. The paint scheme was based upon analysis of the historic colors.

Solutions:
After boring and cutting into the walls to provide seismic upgrades were completed, the surfaces were patched. Horizontal surfaces were pretreated with KEIM Silan-100, 100 percent active ingredient silane water repellent, as these surface planes are most exposed for water intrusion. Weathered stucco and precast concrete were pretreated with KEIM Fixativ silicate dilution providing an evenly absorbent coating surface.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
About:
The house was built in 1818 - 1821 for James Moore Wayne, who eventually sold the house to his niece Sarah Stites Gordon, where the first of four generations of Gordons lived.

Challenges:
A series of stucco repairs and replacements, over the years, had left the facade cracked with significant water intrusion, partly from the cracked stucco.

Solutions:
The failed stucco was entirely removed from the original brick and mortar surface. Degraded mortar and bricks were replaced and repaired. A softer, lime-rich stucco, KEIM Universalputz, which is more compatible with the historic surface beneath, was used to re-plaster the exterior facade. Glass fiber mesh was embedded in the scratch coat of stucco to give added strength and stability to the exterior, allowing for installation of stucco with no expansion or control joints. A final two-coat finish system of KEIM Royalan Silicate Exterior Finish was applied to provide added weatherproofing and decoration.

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With KEIM Hand-Painted Original Artwork, The Fair-Haired Dumbbell Doesn't Shy Away from Attention
Arch Daily
The Fair-Haired Dumbbell is a collaboration between FFA and Guerrilla Development, with original mural artwork by James Jean. This speculative office building with ground-floor retail is located in the heart of the Burnside Bridgehead developments. At the eastside intersection of Burnside Street and the Willamette River, the Bridgehead is home to some of Portland's most exciting and interesting new architecture. READ MORE

INDUSTRY NEWS


  These 13 Buildings Redefined Architecture in the Past 5 Years
Architectural Digest
The design of office buildings, museums, airports, train stations, and homes, can't always be revolutionary. In fact, much of architecture consists of those banal platitudes that are necessary for cities to grow and humanity to advance. Every so often, however, a building is completed that almost universally turns heads, and in the process, veers the collective practice of architecture in a new direction.READ MORE


  Stefano Boeri Unveils Vertical Forest Apartment Blocks for Egypt's New Capital
Dezeen
Italian architect Stefano Boeri has designed three cube-shaped vertical forest apartment blocks for Egypt's New Administrative Capital, which is being built to the east of Cairo.READ MORE


  Paris Heartbeat by Zeyu Cai + Sibei Li Wins the People's Notre Dame Design Competition
Designboom
Designers Zeyu Cai and Sibei Li have been announced as the winners of the people's Notre Dame design competition organized by Goarchitect to spark debate regarding the redesign of the roof and spire of Paris' damaged cathedral. Oopen to entries from around the globe and voted for by the public, the initiative saw 226 proposals submitted from 56 different countries.READ MORE


  Stufish Entertainment Architects Design the Chimelong Theatre in China
Arch Daily
Inaugurated recently, The Chimelong Theatre, a circus hall on the island of Hengqin, in Zhuhai, China, was conceived to replace the Chimelong Hengqin International Circus City, damaged by a typhoon in 2016. Imagined by Stufish Entertainment Architects, founded by the late Mark Fisher, the project is one of many permanent entertainment spaces designed by the studio in China.READ MORE


  Vanke Design Community is Cluster of Workspaces Topped by Parks
Dezeen
A campus-like park of concrete offices topped with green roofs forms the new Vanke Design Community in Shenzhen, featuring two sunken plots completed by architecture practice FCHA.READ MORE


  Tour the Chicest Children's Playground on the Planet
Architectural Digest
Meland Club in Wuhan, China, has a few of the elements you might find at a playground near you, such as a ball pit, slides, and a climbing area - but that's where the similarities end. Make no mistake about it, this facility is unlike any playground you've ever seen.READ MORE

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