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2020 IN REVIEW
KEIM MINERAL FINISHES ACCENTUATE STUNNING ARCHITECTURE
The wait is over - Keim USA is thrilled to reveal our favorite architectural projects of 2020! These projects, from around the world and here in the USA, personify the beauty and protection of our broad range of mineral silicate finishes.

Below, you'll find amazing architectural projects, from historic preservation to new construction, each of which exhibits the inherent beauty of mineral silicate finishes. We hope you enjoy our look back at 2020 and we gratefully thank everyone for their support in this difficult year.

Hotel Nobu
Warsaw, Poland
Architect: Medusa Group with Studio PCH

Hotel Nobu stands for five-star quality and unique style. Here is a combination of two unique architectural styles. The historic wing of the hotel refers to the unique Art Deco style. The modern part impresses with a modern form of glass, concrete and plants decorating external terraces. Moving between these two worlds - going back into the past, then moving again into the future - we can feel the true spirit of Warsaw.

August 2020

Products: Keim Concretal Pigmented Mineral Stain in black

More: Archello, Facebook


Herald Examiner Building
Los Angeles, CA
Architect: Gensler Los Angeles

Designed by Julia Morgan for William Randolph Hearst, The Herald Examiner Building is an architectural icon on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, and opened in 1914. Preserving its historic nature, while paying homage to the luxe glamour of its design, The Georgetown Company worked with Gensler to transform the iconic building into a distinctly modern workplace environment and unparalleled retail and restaurant opportunity. The exterior plaster facade maintains its original design and boasts a beautiful new Keim Soldalit paint finish.

September 2020

Products: Keim Soldalit Sol Silicate All Surface Exterior Paint

More: Urbanize, Matt Construction


East 180th Street Station
New York, NY
Architect: LHP Architects

Built in 1912 as the administration building of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railroad, this landmark Italian Renaissance building is now the entrance to the 180th Street IRT subway station in the Bronx. LHPA’s renovation, a joint venture with Weidlinger Associates, has restored the historic building and its entry and rehabilitated the elevated station with ADA access.

“It’s not often that we get the opportunity to do work at a facility that has the historical and architectural significance of the East 180th Street station,” said Thomas F. Prendergast, the chairman of Metropolitan Transportation Authority that is in charge of the city’s subways and buses. “There was a collective effort to achieve the objective, to restore it to historical significance.”

Products: Keim Universalputz Historic Mix Stucco, Contact Plus Bonding Primer and Soldalit Sol Silicate All Surface Exterior Paint

More: LHP Architects

Photos: Courtesy of LHP Architects


Unitarian Church
Charleston, SC
Architect: Glenn Keyes Architects

Built in 1787 in the Georgian style, the church was transformed into a soaring Gothic style structure by noted architect Francis D. Lee. The elaborate ornamental plaster ceiling is based on the Henry VIII Chapel at Westminster Abbey. The church suffered extensive damage during the earthquake of 1886. Over the years, effects from these modifications and repairs had taken a toll on the structural integrity of the exterior walls. Water was penetrating the many cracks in the masonry walls, threatening the significant Gothic interior. To address the problem, the entire building and tower were scaffolded. Extensive repairs of the masonry walls including repairs of the exterior stucco and new mineral silicate paint in the original color uncovered during the restoration. This finish was selected due to its compatibility with historic stucco and the look and feel of limewash, but with the durability of mineral silicate paints.

Products: Keim Soldalit Arte Sol Silicate Titanium Free Paint

More: Count On News 2


Concordia Design Wroclaw
Wroclaw, Poland
Architect: MVRDV

A stunning example of how thoughtful new architectural design can honor and enhance historic architecture. MVRDV has completed construction of Concordia Design, a mixed-use building containing co-working spaces, an event venue, a food hall, a café, and a rooftop terrace on Słodowa Island in Wrocław, Poland. The project is a renovation and extension of a 19th-century listed building, retaining the façade of the existing building and adding a contemporary extension to create a focal point for the neighboring park and a destination that will enhance the experience of the island for visitors. The façade, both historic and contemporary, has been painted with Soldalit-ME Self-cleaning Photocatalytic Sol Silicate Paint, staircases feature concrete decorated with Concretal Pigmented Mineral Stain and the vivid colors of the mural were created using Optil and Innostar Interior Mineral Paints and Concretal Black-Purity.

2020

Products: Keim Soldalit-ME Self-cleaning Photocatalytic Sol Silicate Paint, Concretal Pigmented Mineral Stain, Optil and Innostar Interior Sol Silicate Paints

More: Architizer


Brunswick Power Terminal
Brunswick East, Australia
Architect: BECA

Brunswick Power Terminal Station is located in Melbourne's suburb of Brunswick East. An upgrade was required, to the existing facility, to provide an alternate energy source to secure electricity flow to the inner suburbs. Key to the process was delivering a functional electrical installation while managing community expectations, integrating into the adjoining sensitive Merri Creek corridor and improving visual amenity for the residential neighborhood. Formed concrete was permanently colored with mineral stain in comely shades of green to help blend the new facade into the local environment.

Products: Keim Concretal Pigmented Mineral Stain

More: Arch Daily

Photos courtesy of BECA


1339 Park Avenue North Park Tower
New York, NY
Architect: Hill West Architects

Rising to 22 stories with 78 condominium units, 1399 Park Avenue emerges as a beacon alongside the Park Avenue Railroad viaduct in East Harlem. The sculptural form is composed of architectural concrete, metal and glass. The building rises through a “Mondrian-like” composition of interlocking cubes and volumes. The building is a true expression of New York City urban design traditions, merging zoning, function and aesthetics into a singular sculptural form. Despite its height and size, the building has the ambiance of a boutique residence.

Hill West created a landmark in the Harlem skyline by combining function and aesthetic in a tower that Harlem can be proud of.

2020

Products: Keim Concrete Cleaner and Concretal Pigmented Mineral Stain

More: Hill West

Photos: Alexander Severin


S.U.N.Y. Albany Stuyvesant Tower and Quad
Albany, NY
Architect: Bell and Spina Architects

Edward Durell Stone's SUNY Albany campus was commissioned in 1962 by New York governor Nelson A Rockefeller to build a tabula rasa complex for the school's Uptown Campus. The "Academic Podium," as Stone called it, is the architect's modernist acropolis; a raised grid of white, classically inspired New Formalist academic and administrative buildings.

The cast-concrete and stone-paneled structures are fronted by ultra-thin columns supporting large, ornamental overhangs, and connected by gridded stone walkways, colonnades, plazas, gardens, sunken fountains, and reflecting pools. Placed at the corners are four symmetrical residential quads, mirroring each other around four white towers.

A systematic renovation of exterior concrete features added water repellency and a beautiful white mineral concrete stain to help blend patches and repairs and to bring Stone’s architectural vision back into renewed focus.

2020

Products: Keim Silan-100 Water Repellency and Concretal Pigmented Mineral Stain

Photos: Suny Albany


Nancy and Rick Kinder Museum Building, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Houston, TX
Architect: Steven Holl Architects

The new museum architecture is characterized by porosity, opening the ground floor at all elevations. Seven gardens slice the perimeter, marking points of entry and punctuating the elevations. The largest garden court marks the central entry point of the new campus. The Kinder building adds a horizontal architecture to the HMFA compound in translucent glass. The curved glass elements have a soft texture and alabaster-like quality. In complementary contrast, the Kinder Building provides a strong contribution to the existing unique architecture of the museum.

Exposed concrete elements required a unique and dazzling finish, both at the façade and on interior spaces. Keim Metallic Finish for concrete was chosen for its unique shimmer and organic metallic appearance on the raw concrete.

2020

Products: Keim Metallic Stain Color 1002

More: Steven Holl Architects, Arch Daily

Photos: Richard Barnes, courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston



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