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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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Battery Parking Garage
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. The aged concrete surface was seriously degraded with extensive corrosion of exposed steel structural rebar. The MTA needed a cost-effective and long-term solution that would provide a weather and water repellent finish, while helping to mask the unsightly cracking and help minimize the appearance of extensive patching and beautify the exterior facade.

The entire concrete surface had extensive hairline cracking which was further allowing water to penetrate adding to the accelerated corrosion of steel structure and the concrete itself.

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. Further, various grades of mineral textures were used to fill-in cracks further helping weatherproof the aged concrete.

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Jupiter Lighthouse
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is located in Jupiter, Florida, on the north side of the Jupiter Inlet. The site for the lighthouse was chosen in 1853. It is located between Cape Canaveral Light and Hillsboro Inlet Light. The lighthouse was designed by then Lieutenant George G. Meade of the Bureau of Topographical Engineers. Meade's design was subsequently modified by Lieutenant William Raynolds. The Jupiter Inlet silted shut in 1854, forcing all building supplies to be shipped in light boats down the Indian River.

Extreme humidity and harsh weather combine for a very challenging environment for any paint finish.

Damage from the elements and degradation of the original brick facade led to the first application of Keim mineral paint in 1910, to its current red color. It was repainted during an extensive restoration in 1999. In 2004, damaging winds from Hurricane Jeanne literally sandblasted much of the paint from the upper portion of the tower and it was repainted using Keim Royalan Extreme Weather Mineral Silicate finish for decades of protection and color-fast beauty.

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Mocaa Zeitz Museum: Art Instead of Grain

In Cape Town, a historic grain silo has blossomed into a museum of contemporary African art. The architects at Heatherwick Studio have sawed open the concrete walls of the granaries, creating an atrium of almost cathedral-like character. New concrete reinforces the old silo walls - only after a subsequent treatment with KEIM Concretal did it meet the demands of the planners. READ MORE


  Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport Nears Completion, Featuring the World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall
Arch Daily
The structure, a torus-shaped glass dome, houses a lushly planted forest that climbs up the sides of the glass structure. The garden will include meandering walking trails, seating areas, and even a number of artificial waterfalls. An oculus at the center of the space, named the Rain Vortex, will allow water to cascade into the center of the space.READ MORE

  3D-Printed Components Define Seattle High-Rise's Sloped Facade
Construction Dive
Digital manufacturing company 3Diligent Corp. recently announced that it is printing aluminum curtain wall components for cladding firm Walters & Wolf's work on the 1.7 million-square-foot, mixed-use Rainier Square Tower currently under construction in Seattle. READ MORE

  Drone Photography Captures Barcelona's Architectural Symmetry From Above
Built in 1975 in the suburb in Sant Just Desvern, the 446-unit apartment complex is named after a utopian community from 1940s sci-fi novel Walden Two. The 15-storey building is formed of towers of stacked cubes connected by walkways with curving bays. The central space left open between the towers and internal courtyards form a symmetrical gap that opens to the sky. READ MORE

  Fair-Haired Dumbbell / FFA Architecture and Interiors
The project consists of two canted six-story towers clad in the hand-painted original artwork on all eight of its elevations. At each level, sky bridges connect the mirrored 4,000 sqft office spaces, giving the creative companies who work there the flexibility to build-out their own floor to meet their needs. Since no two elevations are the same, tenants and visitors alike will take in impressive views of Portland’s many angles through windows of varying size. To learn more about KEIM on this project, click here.

  This is How China Was Able to Build the World's First Subterranean Hotel
Architectural Digest
When you approach the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland hotel from its driveway, you’re greeted by a low-profile, two-story building with a grassy roof—it’s hardly what you’d expect from a 336-room luxury hotel. That’s because 16 of the hotel’s 18 floors are beneath the earth’s surface.READ MORE

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