Studio Develops ‘The Coolest White’ Paint
UNStudio (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Monopol Colors (Fislisbach, Switzerland) recently developed an extremely reflective white paint that reduces the amount of absorbable heat on buildings, ultimately cooling cities during climate change.
The paint was created using fluoropolymer technology and has successfully prolonged the lifecycle of urban building and structure coatings to 30 years, according to the firm. By using this new coating application, light absorption is limited, reducing the effect of urban heat islands and the need for energy to cool down buildings internally.
The companies have named the paint, “The Coolest White,” as part of the increasing trend for architects and designers to consider the environment in their work. With protection against corrosion and Total Solar Reflectance ratings, the paint will eventually help to lead future-proof designs. When tested, on a scale of 1-100, The Coolest White revealed a TSR score of over 80, which is 5-10 above other white-colored paints and 45-65 above dark colors.
"We identified that we were missing this kind of technology in our projects: a technology that could bring a nano-solution; that would be simple yet advanced, social but scientific and that would allow us to contribute in a scalable way to one of today's most pressing issues: climate change," said Ben van Berkel, principal architect of UNStudio.
When the impact that humans have regarding climate change was brought to attention by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, geoengineers, architects and designers were inspired to start thinking of ways to circumvent these changes.
"We believe that we are responsible as architects for influencing how we build our environment and that we have to collaborate with other industries to develop technologies that will support a global effort to balance the use of energy and create healthier cites and buildings," added van Berkel.
UNStudio played their part by creating The Coolest White, certified and available to purchase, with hopes to cover an entire district in Southeast Asia.
On the other end of the spectrum, Vantablack by Surrey NanoSystems (Newhaven, United Kingdom) is the blackest black paint in the world, absorbing 99.96 percent of light, but is owned exclusively by Indian-born British artist, Anish Kapoor. In response to this ownership, artist Stuart Semple has developed a series of dark paints, the latest being Black 3.0.