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Rebuilding a wonder of the medieval world

Friday, 10 April 2015

Nearly 20,000 kilograms of a waterborne texture paint has been used to coat 8,000 square meters of the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing in China.

The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing in China. Source: Akzo Nobel

The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing in China. Source: Akzo Nobel

AkzoNobel's Decorative Paints business is helping to recreate one of the seven wonders of the medieval world - the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing in China.

Phase one involves constructing the Buddhist temple

Built during the Ming Dynasty, the original pagoda was mostly destroyed in the 19th century. But a highly anticipated construction project is underway which will revive the cultural icon. Phase one involves constructing the main Buddhist temple, featuring the distinctive porcelain pagoda. After being selected for the prestigious project, experts from AkzoNobel selected a light yellow shade for the upcoming painting work on the temple's porcelain walls. This colour reflects the building's heritage and symbolises the regaining of former glories.

Making cities more vibrant and liveable

"We are honored to be involved in the reconstruction of the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing," said Ruud Joosten, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee member responsible for Decorative Paints. "We are keenly aware of the importance of preserving cultural heritage, as it's one of the main pillars of our Human Cities initiative. This project is therefore a wonderful example of how we are striving to help make cities around the world more vibrant and liveable."

Nearly 20,000 kilograms of "Dulux Pro Stucco” - an acrylate, copolymer-based waterborne texture paint - has been used to coat 8,000 square meters of porcelain walls. The product offers good weather resistance, adhesion and colour versatility and has also been used in other cultural restoration projects, such as WuHan Gemdale, West River Moon in Xi'an, and Jade City in XinJiang Province.

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