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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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Church of Scientology - ASHO + LA-ORG Building
The decorative panels and fluted columns are painted with an acrylic polymer paint that shows variegation in the color from fading and weathering. Holes will remain after removing row of bronze lights. Surfaces behind the gold signage letters are rough. Textural shadows remain on the surface where earlier lettering was installed at the first story level. There are many visible cracks in the surface of what may be a thin Portland plaster over the precast concrete building shell. Water run-off from the scuppers is not directed far enough away from the facade resulting in noticeable accelerated weathering below. It is desired to coat the exposed electrical conduits at the north and south end facades.

Smooth out rough-textured surfaces and fill divots with Keim Universalputz Standard Render, treat new render surfaces with Keim Lime Remover, and apply a primer coat of Keim Royalan Grob diluted 10% with Royalan Silicate Dilution, followed with a top coat of Keim Royalan. The course-grained primer coat will fill hairline cracks and blend repairs and existing textures together for a natural and balanced appearance.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral
Historic 1888 church had severe weathering of limestone facade over the years, coated with elastomeric paints that resulted in blistering and peeling paint layers. Statically charged paints attracted dirt and pollutants to the surface resulting in a dingy appearance. Desire was to restructure the limestone profile and protect from weather, fading color, and maintain natural moisture balance of the building envelope while cutting maintenance costs and repainting cycles.

Strip off all elastomeric paint layers to the stone, reprofile the rough facets of the limestone, and apply a KEIM Granital Grob filling base coat to fill hairline cracks and equalize the reprofiling patches and diluted with 10 percent KEIM Spezial Dilution to equalize absorption. A KEIM Granital top coat was applied undiluted for a natural appearing mineral finish that will remain clean and provide lasting protection against weather and pollutants for decades. Completed 2008.

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Permanent Mineral Color for Concrete!
The Gateway in Charleston was finished two years ago with Concretal Sol-silicate Mineral Stain. Echoing the colors of "Rainbow Row" the last remaining support of the original Cooper River Bridge serves as a lasting welcome to the peninsula. We love colored concrete! READ MORE


  Perkins and Will Designs "Future-Proof" European Commission Offices
The London studio of Perkins and Will, working with Madrid-based architecture studio Rafael de La-Hoz, has won the competition to design the European Commission offices in Brussels. Together with German landscape architects Latz + Partner, and Spanish engineering consultants TYPSA, they will build an office complex that can house 5,250 people in the Belgian capital's European Quarter.READ MORE

  Xylem Pavilion / Kere Architecture
Arch Daily
Xylem, the gathering pavilion for the Tippet Rise Art Center, has been designed by Francis Kere as a quiet, protective shelter for the visitors of the ranch. Named to evoke the vital internal layers of a tree's living structure, Xylem is a place where visitors may gather to converse, contemplate the views of the aspen and cottonwood trees near the bank of Grove Creek, or sit and meditate in solitude.READ MORE

  Hayri Atak Envisions a Boutique Hotel Suspended Over a Cliff Edge in Norway
For the design studio's latest project, Hayri Atak proposes to construct a boutique hotel sitting precariously on the edge of Norway's Preikestolen Cliff. The idea sees the hotel built into the side of the rock, appearing almost as an extension of the cliff itself. Characterized by the series of balconies that delicately cantilever over the precipice, the concept envisions a unique hotel experience, providing guests with impressive views of the natural landscape of norway.READ MORE

  These 10 Iconic Buildings Will Be Conserved by the Getty Foundation
Architectural Digest
The hope for every architect is that their work is appreciated and preserved. Now, thanks to several generous grants totaling $1.6 million from the Getty Foundation, 10 buildings will be conserved for, at the least, another generation to enjoy and be inspired by. As part of Keeping It Modern, an international grant initiative that helps to maintain major architectural achievements, the Getty Foundation worked with a panel of international experts to evaluate and provide funding for these 10 buildings.READ MORE

  Vo Trong Nghia Architects Connects Six Triangular Pavilions to Create Zigzag Office
Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed a series of six triangular concrete pavilions connected by a low block of office spaces for Vietnamese telecommunications group Viettel. Ho-Chi Minh City based Vo Trong Nghia Architects arranged the large concrete pavilions, which have V-shaped sections, in to a zigzag formation. The tall concrete slabs are connected by a single-storey office block. The building has been designed to present a high wall to the nearby city and the southern sun, but open out with planted roof terraces to an adjacent lake and green spaces to the north.READ MORE

  NUDES Proposes a Flamingo Observatory Built from 'Twig' Like Components in Abu Dhabi
As part of a competition to design a flamingo observatory, NUDES has developed 'nest' - a concept that celebrates the unique and diverse ecosystem of wetlands located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. Becoming an oasis of animal and plant life, the wetlands area has attracted numerous different species to settle. This includes abundant plant and aquatic life as well as over 250 species of birds, most notably the spectacular flock of flamingos that call the wetlands home.READ MORE

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