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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
Battery Parking Garage
About:
Battery Parking Garage, was the first garage built by a public agency and finished in 1950. It was subsequently expanded in 1968 to it's current capacity. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan, the facade is subjected to severe weather and deterioration from salts and pollution.

Challenges:
Aged concrete was seriously degraded and required extensive restoration. Intensive water penetration and spalling conditions had caused steel structural rebar to corrode and become exposed to the elements. The entire concrete surface had extensive hairline cracking.

Solutions:
A mineral finish was chosen, and applied in combination with a silane water repellent to provide the concrete structure with long-term protection from water penetration and weathering. Various grades of mineral textures were used to fill-in cracks further helping weatherproof the aged concrete. The texture also provided the final project a uniform appearance. Penetration of the sol-silicate finish also helped consolidate and strengthen the aged concrete surface.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences
About:
The Telfair Academy is a historic mansion at 121 Barnard Street in Savannah, Georgia. It was designed by William Jay and built in 1818, and is one of a small number of Jay's surviving works. It is one of three sites owned by Telfair Museums.

Challenges:
Sides and the rear of the building had been painted with a silicone acrylic finish in the 1990's and was badly chalking and providing the historic stucco very little protection against the coastal climate. The front had been more recently refreshed with a latex finish, which was peeling in areas because of moisture vapor that could not escape from behind the latex. The historic masonry was in relatively good condition, but required an extremely vapor permeable finish while enhancing the natural appearance of the stucco.

Solutions:
It was necessary to strip and remove the latex finish on the front of this project as the latex was a non-permeable barrier to moisture vapor freely escaping from the historic masonry/stucco construction. Other surfaces were pressure washed to remove chalking surface of aged silicone acrylic finish. Soldalit All-Surface Mineral Silicate Finish was chosen as a "bridge" coat between the pre-treated surface and finish coat. A final coat of Royalan Extreme Weather Mineral Silicate Finish was chosen because of the harsh coastal climate of Savannah.

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KEIM Is Now a Supplier Participant to Architizer
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We are proud to announce our new partnership with Architizer, the premiere site for architects to search for, evaluate and share building-products across teams. Find us on Architizer.com and see the projects that feature our mineral paints such as the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany (pictured above). READ MORE

INDUSTRY NEWS


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Designboom
Conceived to sit on the water in Shenzhen, China, XTU Architects' latest concept combines architecture with nature to create an impressive series of multi-functional buildings. Titled 'X_PUR', the proposal is the result of a research project on what the team has dubbed the 'holocene architecture' era. Inspired by the natural environment, the design intends to form part of the landscape and contribute towards a positive transformation of the earth.READ MORE


  This Smaller U.S. City Is Filled With Frank Lloyd Wright Gems
Architectural Digest
The population of Buffalo, New York, may hover around 250,000 today, but at the turn of 20th century this city on Lake Erie was a major urban hub. Indeed, over a hundred years ago, as an industrial port for shipping and manufacturing, Buffalo was also the country's eighth most populated city. And in 1901 this town snug on the Canadian border had more millionaires per capita than any other city in America.READ MORE


  SuperLimao Creates Sunken Taproom and Beer Garden for Brazilian Brewery
Dezeen
Gabion walls, laminated wood and concrete were used to form this cave-like beer hall in southeastern Brazil, which was designed by SuperLimao Studio to minimise energy usage. Toca do Urso - the Portuguese term for "bear lair" - is located in Ribeirao Preto, a city in southeastern Brazil with a hot climate. The project entailed creating a taproom and beer garden for the Cervejaria Colorado brewery, which was established in 1995.READ MORE


  FXCollaborative Designs Central Park Tower for Harlem Church
Arch Daily
FXCollaborative has designed a church community space and 33 story tower overlooking Central Park in New York City. The project was made for Harlem's La Hermosa Christian Church, though no developer has signed on for the project yet. The new project would serve the surrounding community and aims to embody and celebrate the neighborhood’s legacy of music and art.READ MORE


  Pelli Clarke Pelli Unveils the Design of Japan's Soon-to-Be Tallest Building
Architectural Digest
Pelli Clarke Pelli is topping its own record. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, the architecture firm has revealed its design for Japan's tallest building, an approximately 1,083-foot-tall (330-meter-tall) skyscraper that will rise in Tokyo and is scheduled to be completed in March 2023. Construction began this month. READ MORE


  Slatted Stone Encloses Glass Extension for Edmonton Symphony Orchestra by Andrew Bromberg
Dezeen
Architect Andrew Bromberg at Aedas has revealed the design for an extension to the home of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada, featuring rounded glass walls, a slatted stone roof and an elevated garden. READ MORE


  Roberto Burle Marx Celebrated in New York Botanical Garden Exhibition
Designboom
This summer, the New York Botanical Garden has been celebrating the life and work of Roberto Burle Marx with its largest botanical exhibition to date. 'Brazilian modern: the living art of Roberto Burle Marx' - which remains on view until September 29, 2019 - honors one of the most significant Brazilian artists of the 20th century and his contributions to plant discovery, conservation, and garden design.READ MORE


  Khmaladze Architects Revealed as Grand Prize Winner of the ArchDaily & Strelka Award
Arch Daily
The winner was announced by ArchDaily Editor-in-Chief David Basulto at the Future Architect conference at Strelka Institute. The grand prize went to the Coffee Production Plant in Tbilisi, designed by Georgian architecture firm Khmaladze Architects.READ MORE

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