Caparol's Olympic contribution

In collaboration with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, leading German paint manufacturer, Caparol, created a specially-formulated coating for Beijing's National Olympic Stadium.

In collaboration with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, leading German paint manufacturer, Caparol, created a specially-formulated coating for Beijing's National Olympic Stadium.

The brilliant red that emanates from behind the intertwined steel girders of the nest-like structure was specifically matched to the climatic and environmental conditions in Beijing. The coating is the result of a combined effort from Caparol teams in Ober-Ramstadt (Germany) and Shanghai and was developed to address the high levels of wear and tear expected in a stadium environment.

The Caparol coating -- which will now be offered internationally as 'Amphibolin' -  contains the obligatory physical properties of durability, low soiling and high mechanical stress-resistance, but also includes a very high light-fastness.

"Without this light-fastness, the durability of the generally problematic shade of 'red' cannot be guaranteed," says, Dr. Engin Bagda, manager of the Dr. Robert Murjahn Institute (RMI) in Ober-Ramstadt.

The stadium's colour, combined with its unique illustration of architecture and engineering, has given the stadium a signature element that has become a symbol of the Olympic Games and a landmark for the Chinese capitol.

The Bird's Nest Stadium represents the second partnership between Herzog & de Meuron and Caparol -- the first of which came on Munich's luminous Allianz Arena in 2005.

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