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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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200 California Street
Built in 1988, the owners wanted to update the exterior colors to more closely reflect the surrounding buildings on California Street.

Update the 1980's sandstone tile facade without developing a "painted" look, but rather retain the natural appearance of stone. Color must not fade or peel from surfaces over time. And there must be no evidence left behind that the facade was renovated.

KEIM Design Pigmented Mineral Stain (Design Lasur) was applied in the desired transparency for an opaque finish over the red sandstone and semi-transparent over the white sandstone. Surface textures were mimicked with the thin layer mineral stain and flat matte finish retained the look and feel of stone. By cleaning and then removing the old caulk, the inside tile edges were stained insuring the re-installation of caulk would not reveal the old stone colors. With careful attention by the applicators there were no drips, not even on the sidewalk below, so the building appears as though it was never red and white.

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Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, also known as the Custom House, and The Exchange, is an historic building at East Bay and Broad Streets in Charleston, SC. Built in 1767-71, it has served a variety of civic institutional functions, including notably as a prisoner of war facility operated by British forces during the American Revolutionary War. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973. It is now a museum operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Previously lime washed lime plaster had degraded severely and there was significant un-bound pigment on the surface. The original "Federal" gray had faded and changed color to a shade of yellow ocher, which was inappropriate to the building's history and design. Severe bio growth and pollution had also streaked and stained the lime wash finish leaving the building with an unacceptable appearance. Even after thorough steam pressure cleaning much of the unbound pigment was left on the surface, which needed to be consolidated and "tied-down".

Potassium Silicate Fixativ was used as a pre-treatment to help consolidate the surface and tie-down loose and unbound pigment that remained after power washing. This treatment also ensured a more uniform final appearance and helps to extend coverage of the finish coats.

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French International School / Henning Larsen Architects
Arch Daily
In the concrete jungle of Hong Kong, the new campus of the French International School stands as a vibrant green oasis in the dense city. 1100 pupils now enjoy a colorful, collaborative multicultural learning space, brought to life with the help of KEIM Optil mineral paint. READ MORE


  Paris Heartbeat by Zeya Cai + Sibei Li Wins the People's Notre Dame Design Competition
Designers Zeyu Cai and Sibei Li have been announced as the winners of the people's Notre Dame design competition organized by Goarchitect to spark debate regarding the redesign of the roof and spire of Paris' damaged cathedral. Open to entries from around the globe and voted for by the public, the initiative saw 226 proposals submitted from 56 different countries. The winning project, titled 'Paris Heartbeat', gives the gothic building a new mirrored roof and spire, announcing the intervention as a beacon of hope for the future of the city.READ MORE

  These 13 Buildings Redefined Architecture in the Past 5 Years
Architectural Digest
The design of office buildings, museums, airports, train stations, and homes, can't always be revolutionary. In fact, much of architecture consists of those banal platitudes that are necessary for cities to grow and humanity to advance. Every so often, however, a building is completed that almost universally turns heads, and in the process, veers the collective practice of architecture in a new direction.READ MORE

  Bjarke Ingels Group Masterplans 'Qiddiya', Saudi Arabia's Sprawling Capital of Entertainment
Plans have been unveiled for a major new entertainment, sports, and arts district in Saudi Arabia. Masterplanned in conjunction with Bjarke Ingels group (BIG), the ambitious project is called 'qiddiya' and is currently under construction just 45 kilometers (28 miles) outside of Riyadh, the country's capital city.READ MORE

  Stefano Boeri Unveils Vertical Forest Apartment Block for Egypts New Capital
Italian architect Stefano Boeri has designed three cube-shaped vertical forest apartment blocks for Egypt's New Administrative Capital, which is being built to the east of Cairo. Boeri collaborated with Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash and Italian landscape architect Laura Gatti on the three seven-storey apartment buildings.READ MORE

  Pulsa by Aedas Reflects the Sea with Undulating Curves of Shimmering Glass
Pulsa by Aedas is situated on a plot with both a dramatic slope and an irregular boundary. The design team optimized the challenging site by dividing the development into clustered units organized in two cascading rows. Three housing units in the front row are built downwards while five in the rear are built on elevated foundations.READ MORE

  Opus / Zaha Hadid Architects
Arch Daily
Located within Burj Khalifa district of Dubai, the Opus by Zaha Hadid Architects for Omniyat will house the first 'ME by Melia' hotel in the Middle East. Operated by Melia Hotels International, one of the world's leading hoteliers with more than 350 hotels in 39 countries, 'ME by Melia' hotels are located in cultural capitals across the globe with their progressive, design-driven approach.READ MORE

  AECOM Designs LA Clippers Sports Complex to Resemble a "Basketball Swishing Through a Net"
Diamond-shaped metal panels will wrap this oval sports venue that AECOM has designed for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. The Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center will provide the new home for the NBA basketball team, including an arena alongside other training facilities, offices, community spaces and shops.READ MORE

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