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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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Langen High Rise Apartment
This 18-story high-rise in Feldbergstraße in Langen, Germany was recently retrofitted with sustainability as a key goal, but also a redesign of the building's exterior to make it more attractive. In just seven weeks gray concrete gave way to abstract naturalistic painting with blue skies, white clouds, deceptively real trees and an illusionist petting zoo. The mastermind of this design is artist Ulrich Allgaier, who specializes in murals.

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Faulkton Grain Elevator Mural
The little north central South Dakota town on Highway 212 is home to the newest mural by world renowned artist Guido van Helten from Australia. His work brought a lot of attention to Faulkton over the summer months as the artwork took shape. Now residents can now reflect on what their town’s newfound fame has meant for not only local morale, but the local economy as well. As he completed his final days of work, the artist took a step back to reflect on what the mural means for himself, the town and the area. The mural on the Agtegra elevator depicts a boy and a girl exchanging traditional cowboy hats. The boy has his back turned and the girl is looking down at a large hat. That exchange has many meanings, van Helten said, but ultimately he believes it represents small town America very well.

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The Art of Community

Building design not only considers how its exteriors function, but can also seek to inspire and appeal emotionally to its users and visitors. Art, often in the form of murals, can be an inspiring component of architecture and design. It can humanize a building and perhaps even make it more relevant to the community and society. And, perhaps most importantly, art can bring meaningful vibrancy to a building's exterior or interior spaces.

A trompe l'oeil painting, completed in 2007, decorates the former Board of Education building at 110 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, New York. “I think a mural can change a neighborhood in many ways,” said Richard Haas, the mural’s creator, “because it begins to make people aware of what the beauty is that surrounds them.”

Throughout history, art and murals have graced public spaces with popularity ebbing and flowing with the times. Today, murals are becoming rarer, but in the finest sense, and when used with distinct purpose, can be quite compelling. With architecture as the canvas, the artist can set the tone for the overall design. Art can create a rhythm and "soul" that is difficult to achieve through traditional building methods. And it can do so much more than simply adding visual interest, a beautiful mural can connect an otherwise passive building to its community and conjure up fanciful images that creates a unique and unfolding story.

The Fair-Haired Dumbbell office building, with ground-floor retail, is in the heart of the Burnside Bridgehead in Portland, Oregon. At the eastside intersection of Burnside Street and the Willamette River, the Bridgehead is home to some of Portland's most exciting new architecture and development. The Fair-Haired Dumbbell sits squarely in the center of the action and doesn't shy away from attention. The project consists of two canted six-story towers decked in hand-painted original artwork on all eight of its elevations. No two elevations are the same. Tenants and visitors alike will be greeted by the colorful and engaging façade.
Keim has long been dedicated to the artistic vision and legacy of architecture around the world. From our company's origins in Bavaria back in 1878, the artist has long held a principle role in our business mission. Our oldest paint projects are rooted in historic communities where public art was embedded in the neighborhoods fabric and in its social life.

And, perhaps nothing is more important to a mural than the longevity and color fastness of the paint used to create it. For more than 140 years, Keim has provided artist inspired mineral paints, stains and glazes and graces some of the world's most beautiful buildings. Today, Keim Mineral Art™ Artist Paints and Glazes embody over a century of heritage, research and artistic compassion delivering high-performance paints with legendary durability. Here we focus on the impact of the visual arts on building renovations as well as new construction.


  Black Rock / Mus Architects
The main idea was to create something different and original. Not just a single-family house, but an abstract form. "Black Rock" originates from the topography of mountainous terrains. "The Rock" is not a cuboid, a cube or a classic house with a gable roof. It is an abstract multifaceted solid without obvious division into walls and a roof.

  Plans Unveiled for $1.5B Nassau Hub Mixed-Use Project
Developers BSE Global and RXR Realty have unveiled new details about their plans for the $1.5 billion Nassau Hub project that has the potential to transform 72 acres around NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, into a vibrant live-work-play district.

  This Brand-New Home in New York City Is Only 12 Feet Wide
Architectural Digest
The 2,700-square-foot townhouse includes three bedrooms and three and a half baths, yet feels much larger thanks to some clever design techniques.

  David Baker Creates Apartment Building for Low-Income Seniors in San Francisco
American studio David Baker Architects took cues from West African culture while conceiving this affordable housing complex for people aged 62 or older. The Dr George Davis Senior Building is located in Bayview-Hunters Point, a historic African-American neighbourhood in San Francisco. The building is named after the late executive director of Bayview Senior Services, who worked to create an affordable housing complex in the area for senior residents.

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