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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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10 Sullivan, New York, NY
Developed by Madison Equities and Property Markets Group, 10 Sullivan is a contemporary addendum to SoHo's rich architectural legacy. Designed by acclaimed architect Cary Tamarkin, the building embodies a neoclassical elegance and metropolic reimagination.

Raw concrete surfaces were aesthetically unacceptable due to form marks, holes, pits and voids.

After all form marks were abraded, KEIM Concrete Cleaner and KEIM Concretal Fine Filler was used to fill-in blow holes, pits and voids to deliver a smoother concrete surface.

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Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC
In 1848, Bishop Levi Silliman Ives consecrated the new church "The Chapel of the Holy Cross." He accurately described the scale of the building by calling it a chapel, but declared, "We'll name it for the deed and not the doctrine."

The brick facade had many layers of paint that was in poor overall condition. Water was penetrating the parapet walls as well as other areas of the facade, as the paint failed.

Inside walls of the parapet were waterproofed using Universalputz Historic Mix stucco, Silan 100 Water Repellent and Royalan Extreme Weather Mineral Silicate Finish.

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Trending: Color blocking
As color is a universal language, at Keim we never tire of talking about it, or looking for great ways to reinforce the use of color in architecture. A simple way to introduce unexpected color is with color blocking. Placing contrasting or “startling” colors in different blocks, shapes and lines can give any building a brighter appeal, and deliver a more energetic image.

The key to color blocking is to boldly use vivid or unexpected colors, often paired with neutrals or even black for maximum drama.

Using blocks of color can add visual interest and create depth on an otherwise flat or ordinary looking façade. It can highlight facets of a building, such as the entrance, or it can be used to create a "pixelated" canvas with unlimited creative potential.

What better way to highlight using concrete in construction than with bold and unexpected pops of color? Bold colors are finding their way onto buildings across the globe and color blocking is just one way to help expand your use of dynamic color.

Is this too much color for building facades? We don't think so, and here are examples of color blocking enhancing the architecture and communicating with its surroundings and those living there.


  To fix architecture, fix the design crit
Common Edge
In architecture, the act of formally critiquing design is ubiquitous. The crit, as its called, is almost a rite of passage. And while the format of this practice is universal, its objective, goals and ultimate purpose are unfixed, beyond a broad and often vague imperative to make a given design better. This is a problem, because it leaves a foundation of the profession to take the form of whatever discussion happens to arise between a designer and a critic. READ MORE

  Systems to incorporate natural lighting in your projects
Arch Daily
There is nothing more rational than taking advantage of natural lighting as a guarantee to improve the spatial quality of buildings, as well as saving energy. The awareness of the finitude of natural resources and the demands for reducing energy consumption has increasingly diminished the prominence of artificial lighting systems, forcing architects to seek more efficient design solutions.READ MORE

  Why are our houses so bland?
MultiBriefs Exclusive
Who designs our houses? Not always architects, it turns out. Looking at modern housing developments, we can see a wave of monotony overtaking the places we live, as row upon row of "pattern book" houses roll off the production line and onto our pavements. This has led urbanists and architects to chafe at the "steady homogenisation of built environments into 'blandardized' edge-cities, clone towns and commuter villages." READ MORE

  Moscow's historic Luzhniki Stadium refurbished for World Cup 2018
The opening game of the FIFA World Cup 2018 took place June 14 inside Russia's national stadium, which has been overhauled by Moscow studio Speech. Built in 1956, Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow hosted key events during the Olympic Games in 1980 and is home to the Russian national football team.READ MORE

  You can now explore Frank Lloyd Wright's incredible architecture lab from your computer
For architecture fans, a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture laboratory Taliesen West is a necessary pilgrimage. Spread across 620 acres in the Arizona desert, Taliesin West is where the masterful design mind gestated and developed several tenets of his revolutionary organic architecture philosophy. READ MORE

  The value of green building and its spillover effects
Living Building Chronicle
Green buildings provide a wide range of external benefits to society at-large. Among them are reduced waste, environmentally friendly materials, more natural landscapes and, of course, a reliance on cleaner and less energy. READ MORE

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