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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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Giannini Hall
The entrance to Giannini Hall, which houses the offices of the College of Natural Resources, has a façade of natural travertine and board-formed concrete with precast elements. This is a 1930 campus building dedicated to Amadeo Pietro Giannini, son of immigrant parents, who founded Bank of America primarily to service a growing population of immigrant people who were without a bank. Giannini Hall was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, registration number 82004643.

Water infiltration into the unprotected board formed concrete façade led to steel reinforcement corrosion that resulted in expansion, spalling concrete and exposing the reinforcement to the weather.

Sound surfaces, remove loose or crumbling concrete and patch with appropriate anti-corrosion mortar, treat patch surfaces for sinter layers, and pressure wash surfaces clean. Apply a 100 percent active ingredient water repellent that micro-coats the concrete pores leaving them open to diffusion, and follow with two coats of transparent sol-silicate mineral stain applied in a ratio of 1 part color and 6 parts sol-silicate mineral dilution.

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Sovereign Hotel Building Mural
Repainting of a historic mural over Portland stucco and lime-cement render.

Portland, Oregon (United States)

Medium Used:
Sol-silicate coating and stain over lime-cement render and Portland stucco mixed substrate.

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Beautiful and Extremely Durable Finish of KEIM'S Concretal W Graces the Renovated Georgia Street Bridge
The renovated Georgia Street Bridge in San Diego is now open to pedestrian, bike and vehicle traffic! In addition to seismic retrofit and rehab work, this two-year project restored the historic characteristics of the 1914 bridge. A beautiful and extremely durable finish of Concretal W graces the bridge and adjoining walls. We love how the tan color looks darker on a rainy day and gives the finish a multidimensional appearance. Thanks to Perri Robinson for the photos. Beautiful isn't it? READ MORE


  12 Category-Defining Houses Around the World
Architectural Digest
Some of the most exciting houses in the world hardly look like houses at all - at least not in the traditional sense. Whether built into the side of a mountain or in an arresting shape, they are boundary-pushing and forward-thinking in their approach. Each serves as an example of extraordinary architecture - they are works of art in their own right - and invites viewers and visitors to marvel at their intricacies.READ MORE

  Amey Kandalgaonkar Imagines Home Built into Giant Boulder
Architectural designer Amey Kandalgaonkar has created renderings of House Inside a Rock, a concept for a modernist concrete house built within a giant rock. Mumbai born, Shanghai-based Kandalgaonkar designed the house to be a contemporary twist on the architecture of the Mada'in Saleh necropolis, a UNESCO world heritage site in Saudi Arabia.READ MORE

  15 Projects of Steel Stealing the Show
Arch Daily
The use of steel in architecture is considered as one of the most innovative construction developments in history, allowing architects to create structures in scales they never thought they could. Fast-forward a few centuries, and steel remains as one of the most crucial materials in architecture. But there is a lot more to the material than just tensile strength and durability, some architects were well-aware of steel's potential and transformed it into lighting fixtures, facades, decorative elements, and finishes.READ MORE

  UNStudio Masterplans Bangalore's 'Karle Town Centre' as a Hub for Tech Innovation in India
Situated in what has become known as India's silicon valley, UNStudio masterplans 'Karle Town Centre' as a hub for the rapid technological growth which is taking place within the city of Bangalore. Currently under construction, the new campus has been designed in collaboration with UNSense and karle infra to create a place for the numerous information technology companies that are based in the burgeoning metropolis.READ MORE

  NUDES Uses Straw Bales to Create a Breathable Skin for Proposed School in Malawi
"School in Africa' is the latest project from NUDES that envisions a new secondary school situated in Malawi. With the concept based on a 'bottom-up' design process, the scheme focuses on utilizing local materials and embracing vernacular architecture to create a building that aims to fit within the east-african context and encourage community participation.READ MORE

  Gustafson Porter + Bowman Reveals Eiffel Tower Parks Redesign
British landscape architecture studio Gustafson Porter + Bowman are redesigning the approaches to the Eiffel Tower in Paris ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The London studio won the competition for the Site Tour Eiffel project, beating entries from Koz Architects, Amanda Levete, and Agence Ter.READ MORE

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