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How an amazing particle can turn modern architecture into art

The buildings we live in have changed significantly through the centuries, both in the way they’re designed and the materials used in them - from the granite and marble used to erect the edifices of old to the modern materials which don’t just look great, but are functional too.

Art and architecture

For as long as people have been erecting buildings to keep us dry and warm, they’ve been thinking about how those buildings look. From the Pantheon of ancient Rome to the Taj Mahal in India, many civilisations and cultures have prized marble and the pure white look it can give buildings. However, for modern buildings marble is not quite appropriate or cost effective, hence other materials are used to provide stability, looks and durability.

A modern marble

Titanium dioxide is used in paints and other materials to give buildings a brilliant white look. It has a number of properties which make it ideal for this, including the way it efficiently reflects light to give  exteriors a smooth look. Using the proper TiO2 grades will help maintaining the integrity & sheen of paints for years. However, some of its most amazing properties are found not just in the way it looks, but also in what it does.

Not just good looking

Modern architects are not just turning to titanium dioxide for aesthetics, it is also highly functional. Firstly, it is very good at keeping buildings cool, saving money on energy bills for air conditioning. Perhaps even more remarkably, titanium dioxide, in specific forms, can help scrub air of pollutants harmful to human health as well as help to keep surface clean. For this reason, it has been used by architects in Mexico City and, recently, at the Italian Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan in 2015.

Titanium dioxide makes buildings look amazing and has huge practical benefits; it’s no wonder that it is used widely by architects looking to make a unique and modern statement about their art! 

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