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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
230 W. Broughton Street, Savannah, GA
About:
This new construction in Savannah's historic district needed to meet the needs of developers but also be sensitive to its historic location. Scale, appearance and finish of the facade was required to be sympathetic with local historic landmark structures while delivering modern amenities. The architect chose KEIM Universalputz Historic Mix Stucco for the street facing facade to provide a stucco finish that is historic in appearance and can be installed over frame construction without the use of visible expansion and control joints.

Challenges:
New, frame construction with stucco exterior that needed to blend with historic surroundings, yet provide long-term service life. Primary considerations were that no expansion joints be used on the facade facing historic Broughton Street in keeping with historic stucco of many surrounding buildings.

Solutions:
KEIM Universalputz Historic Mix Stucco is a lime-rich, natural white Portland cement stucco mix that, when installed with glass fiber mesh, can be installed on modern facades without the use of control or expansion joints. This stucco has the flexural strength necessary for large expanses with no joints needed. It is also thinner than traditional Portland stucco installations and is much lighter weight.
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HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
About:
The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, also known as the Custom House, and The Exchange, is an historic building at East Bay and Broad Streets in Charleston, SC. Built in 1767-71, it has served a variety of civic institutional functions, including notably as a prisoner of war facility operated by British forces during the American Revolutionary War. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973. It is now a museum operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Challenges:
The original "Federal" gray had faded and changed color to a shade of yellow ocher, which was inappropriate to the building's history and design. Severe bio growth and pollution had also streaked and stained the lime wash finish leaving the building with an unacceptable appearance.

Solutions:
Design Pigmented Mineral Silicate Stain was the solution providing a finish and visual appearance very similar to the original lime wash, but with the added durability provided by the mineral silicate binder. The system is very vapor permeable and will not trap moisture within the masonry walls. Because only light-fast pigments are used, the color will never fade or change colors.
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KEIM Transforms Guy Peterson's Spencer House with Lasting Colors

A stunning use of mineral paint color to blur the distinction between indoors and out, 4320N Bleu Céruléen 59 from Keim, which Guy Peterson calls Corbu blue because it was championed by iconic French modernist architect Le Corbusier. The restrained use of this gorgeous shade is pure magic.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


  Moshe Safdie's Private Habitat 67 Home is Restored and Open to the Public
Dezeen
The duplex apartment that architect Moshe Safdie designed for himself in his brutalist Habitat 67 complex in Montreal has opened to the public, after a major restoration completed by his firm. Additional upgrades bring the apartment in line with contemporary standards of sustainability and energy conservation, and protect it against weathering, although these features are intended to remain hidden.
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  Barwon Water Ryrie HQ
Archello
Barwon Water recently refurbished its 50 year old Geelong office, transforming it into the greenest office in Geelong – Ryrie HQ. The upgrade transformed the building from 0.5 Star Green Star equivalent to 5 Star Green Star, and is an exemplar of what sustainable outcomes can be achieved through building redesign and refurbishment.
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  Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California
Architectural Digest
Gehry was shortlisted to devise a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1988; the project, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, finally opened in 2003. Today critics and the public agree that the iconic building was worth the wait. Reflecting Gehry’s longtime passion for sailing, the structure’s exterior features expanses of stainless steel that billow above Grand Avenue, while inside, similarly shaped panels of Douglas fir line the auditorium. READ MORE


  Ole Scheeren Completes Pixelated MahaNakhon Tower in Bangkok
Dezeen
The opening of the glass-floored observation deck atop Büro Ole Scheeren's MahaNakhon skyscraper in Bangkok marks the completion of the second tallest building in Thailand. The 77-storey MahaNakhon – a name that translates as "great metropolis" – is defined by a pixelated form with cuboid cutaways that spiral up its facades.READ MORE


  The Crystal - Kiruna Town Hall / Henning Larsen
Arch Daily
The building’s circular form embodies its communal focus: As the heart of the new town center, The Crystal offers universal access to the surrounding community while focusing energy and activity inward toward its social core. The town hall stands as a living room for the new Kiruna, open and accessible to all.
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