The Making Of 181 Fremont: One of the World’s Most Resilient Buildings

This new video reveals the extraordinary story of how the world’s foremost architects and engineers came together to craft one of the most resilient buildings in the world. See the vision and ingenious engineering that went into building this modern San Francisco landmark, which has received more commendations for its safety, design and seismic resilience than any other building in the US.

Of all the awards and recognition 181 Fremont has received, perhaps most significant is its distinction as the first building in the world to earn a REDi Gold Rating, a new beyond code benchmark for seismic construction.

“Resiliency to the industry means that the building will be resilient enough to function after an earthquake event,” explains Chris Wilcox, of Level 10 Construction, the general contractor of 181 Fremont. “And when you go to Gold standard resiliency, you’re taking it one step further and saying not only will it not topple down, but you’ll be able to occupy it quickly after.” Press play to see just how the team achieved this unprecedented level of resiliency by thinking outside the box, literally.




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Two-Individual Collective KACE. Marries Pop Art & Fashion in New Exhibition, “Jardin de Nuit,” at Gallery 181

From Gallery 181, an extraordinary 700-foot high penthouse that has become renowned as the world’s highest art gallery curated by art advisor Holly Baxter, welcomes its newest exhibition, Jardin de Nuit, by KACE. — a two-individual collective consisting of Naeem Khan and Stanley Casselman. Together, Khan and Casselman have produced a collection of groundbreaking works that engender a beautiful and utterly unforeseen new reality through pop and abstract expressionism.

Naeem Khan (pictured left) is a renowned designer whose eponymous line has been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama, Queen Noor of Jordan, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and others. Stanley Casselman (pictured right) is a remarkable contemporary abstract painter whose works have been compared to the abstractions of Gerhard Richter. 

Jardin de Nuit — which debuts at Gallery 181 on April 7, 2022 and continues through July 31, 2022 — showcases Warholian floral patterns comprised entirely of sequins in monochromatic colors sewn to silkscreen with thick swashes of vibrant hues that create unworldly, luxurious textures. While some areas of the paintings appear thin and glossy, other areas feature bold swaths of paint that seem to slowly trickle down the canvas and coalesce into viscous, alluring accretions of matter.

Through this juxtaposition of slow, meticulous craftsmanship and intrepid, rapid painting, KACE. welcomes and cultivates a nexus of deeply fascinating contradictions. “Light dances off the sequins and draws a patron’s eye across the floral display,” Michael McCarthy of San Francisco Magazine wrote in a recent article. “The give-and-take between patron and artwork is palpably alive, much like the interplay between Khan and Casselman.”

As one moves around the painting, the figure/ground relationship continually shifts and redefines itself. This not only mirrors the viewer’s movements through the space, but also echoes the physical back-and-forth between KACE. Indeed, when speaking about their methods, the pair agree, “it’s a dance… it’s a ballet.”

View the exhibition works here. Or, if interested in viewing the works in-person, schedule an appointment by emailing Holly Baxter at or calling (415) 350-5595.

To learn more about 181 Fremont’s acclaimed art program and past exhibitions guided by art advisor Holly Baxter — including PODIUM I, PODIUM II and the recently concluded Mitchell-Innes & Nash exhibition — visit 181 Fremont’s Art Program page.

San Francisco’s Most Discerning Eyes Bring Two New Model Residences To Life at 181 Fremont

San Francisco’s most celebrated interior design firms, AubreyMaxwell and ODADA, have each transformed a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom corner residence at 181 Fremont into fully realized visions of exceptional taste. Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows and set 580 feet above the city, new model residences 62A and 63A each feature sweeping bay and skyline views.

AubreyMaxwell, known for its eclectic, award-winning interiors, put its artful touch on Residence 62A and created a chic setting that is at once luxurious and inviting. The entire 1,914 square-foot residence is framed by walls of windows that line the home’s open dining and living rooms, which center around a suite of vibrant contemporary furniture. Thoughtfully positioned furniture maximizes each space, reinforcing a breezy, functional flow while preserving key site lines for the home’s one-of-a-kind art. Bedrooms feature built-in headboards, textural wallcoverings, sumptuous carpets, bronze-tinted mirror panels and decadent bedding that harmonize to create a sense of calm and comfort.

One floor up, the renowned team at ODADA—who contributed their design expertise to the interior spaces of 181 Fremont—has made Residence 63A an exquisite showstopper. The 1,882-square-foot residence’s sophisticated, airy feel is established in the gracious foyer and carries throughout the home. A mostly-white color palette, along with floors finished in pale smoked oak, creates a serene effect. ODADA has furnished the home with a selection of collectible furniture by notable designers, including Ettore Sottsass and Gianfranco Frattini. The home’s primary suite is a modern refuge with a clever, custom-designed twist: the sleeping area can be separated from the master bath by an automated sliding wall, which also conceals a sleek, mirrored Séura 55” television that can be swiveled to view in either the primary bedroom or bath.

Art plays a central role in the interiors of both residences. In Residence 62A, 181 Fremont’s art advisor Holly Baxter curated works that follow a landscape-centric theme and highlight the human form in nature. For Residence 63A, Baxter hand-selected a museum-quality collection of striking photography that perfectly balances the home’s neutral palette.

Each model home also features kitchens equipped with durable Brazilian White Macaubas quartzite countertops, custom Italian Valcucine kitchen cabinets and chef-grade Sub-Zero and Miele appliances as well as spa-like primary baths with soaking tubs, radiant-heated Lincoln marble floors and full-height slab Arabescato Corchia marble, sourced from an ancient quarry in Tuscany.

As with all 55 corner residences at 181 Fremont, Residence 62A and 63A offer residents exclusive access to 181 Fremont’s five-star concierge services, a full floor of amenities at the Residents’ Club and a 7th-level skybridge to Salesforce Park.

Experience these incredible new model homes in person. Call 415.282.0888 or email to arrange your private tour today.

San Francisco Magazine Features 181 Fremont As “One Of The Most Artistically Alluring Luxury Buildings In SF”

San Francisco magazine, an award-winning publication covering the city’s most notable real estate and culture, recently featured 181 Fremont, touting its groundbreaking art program, Gallery 181 and one-of-a-kind residential design features—all made to delight and impress collectors and casual art-lovers alike.  

Titled “181 Fremont Is One Of The Most Artistically Alluring Luxury Buildings In SF,” the featured story describes the homes within the 802-foot-tall skyscraper in San Francisco’s East Cut neighborhood “some of the most jaw-dropping” in the city.

Part of 181 Fremont’s unique allure is its world-class, one-of-a-kind art program. “We strive to create a thriving community of residents with an appreciation for an environment that embraces beauty and curiosity,” Matt Lituchy, chief investment officer at the Jay Paul Company, which developed 181 Fremont, told the publication. 

“Our art program has brought art from around the globe to our public areas, model residences and our exclusive Residents’ Club,” says Lituchy. In the 39th-floor Residents’ Club, residents will find more than 35 pieces of art, while a “diversity of work—including painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media” can be found in the fitness center and outdoor areas.

The article also notes that “interiors for each home were designed with showcasing art in mind; the walls have gallery and museum finishes.” 181 Fremont’s art advisor Holly Baxter curated a permanent collection of more than 200 contemporary artworks for 181 Fremont. Baxter’s talent is on full display in the 6,941-square-foot Grand Penthouse, where “art lovers will find works by modern masters on museum-style suspended base walls.” 

For the Grand Penthouse’s interiors, Baxter collaborated with renowned contemporary gallery Anthony Meier Fine Arts to select pieces by Gerhard Richter, Robert Mangold and Teresita Fernández, among others. “We selected contemporary art that’s intellectually and conceptually bold—as well as technically accomplished—from renowned international contemporary artists, who are actively practicing and whose works are in permanent collections of major museums and important private collections,” Baxter explained. 

Beyond its incredible art collection and interiors, 181 Fremont also offers residents exclusive access to five-star concierge services, a full floor of amenities at 181 Fremont’s Residents’ Club and a 7th-level skybridge to Salesforce Park. Read Full Article.


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Latest Inside & Out Video Gives an Up-Close Look at 181 Fremont’s Exquisite Residence Interiors

In this video from 181 Fremont’s Inside & Out film series, Carmen Legarda brings viewers inside the residences, providing a special look at the hand-selected design details and thoughtful modern features within every home—starting with the floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Composed exclusively of corner residences, every home at 181 Fremont enjoys sweeping views of the city, bay and bridges through walls of windows—all of which come with electronically controlled Lutron solar shades for ultimate comfort. 

After showcasing the views, Carmen takes us through the living room, which boasts museum hung drywall—perfect for displaying artwork—and the kitchen, equipped with chef-grade appliances by Sub-Zero and Miele as well as Brazilian white stone quartzite countertops, Italian-made Valcucine kitchen cabinets and a wine fridge.

Next, and perhaps most alluring, are the residences’ spa-like primary baths, all of which are wrapped in full-height Arabescato Corchia marble and outfitted with heated floors of full-slab Lincoln Marble.

To experience all of 181 Fremont in person, schedule a private tour with Carmen. Email or call 415.282.0888.

181 Fremont’s Grand Penthouse Featured in LX Collection

LX Collection, a leading online resource for top-tier luxury condominiums around the nation and abroad, has spotlighted 181 Fremont’s Grand Penthouse, the highest residence on the West Coast. 

Titled “A Grand Penthouse Above the Rest,”  the LX Collection article describes the residence as a “peerless condominium” that features “thoughtful design elements at every turn,” highlighting its “view-through fireplace with book-matched marble to its spacious dining room with wine display and tasting bar.” The residence is offered fully furnished with one-of-a-kind pieces from MASS Beverly, which has designed homes for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Elon Musk and Calvin Klein.

In the article, Mary Ta and Lars Hypko of MASS Beverly describe how it feels to arrive to the Grand Penthouse: “The entire residence is a luxury experience from the beginning, when you exit the elevator with a custom Lolli e Memmoli cut crystal chandelier to the custom glass encased office with sumptuous Bottega Veneta leather furniture.” 

Set 700 feet above the city’s lively East Cut neighborhood, The Grand Penthouse encompasses four bedrooms plus a den, six-and-a-half bathrooms, 6,941 square feet of living space, plus a private elevator landing, 10+-foot ceilings and exclusive access to five-star concierge services, a full floor of amenities at 181 Fremont’s Residents’ Club and 7th-level skybridge to Salesforce Park. 

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Watch the Latest Episode of 181 Fremont’s Legends of Design Film Series Featuring David Oldroyd of ODADA

181 Fremont is proud to present the latest episode in its Legends Of Design series, which spotlights the best in interior design, art and craftsmanship within our award-winning building. 

In this episode, David Oldroyd, Principal and owner of the award-winning San Francisco design firm ODADA, discusses the process, inspiration and unique challenges behind 181 Fremont’s bespoke interiors and sophisticated model residences. Moderating the interview is best-selling author, design lecturer and feature writer Diane Dorrans Saeks.

Among the many inimitable features of 181 Fremont’s residences are the sweeping bay, bridge and skyline views. While they are a central focus of every home, Oldroyd and the ODADA team configured the interiors to reveal these views slowly as owners arrive and move through the space. “There was a conscious effort to make the view unfold itself to you,” says Oldroyd. “Which, I think, is a more romantic way to enter your home.” 

When it comes to the interior design details, Oldroyd balances the building’s distinct structural elements with contemporary and classic pieces as well as a carefully curated selection of natural materials to create a timeless aesthetic. And while lively at-home entertaining is a key element of each home’s configuration, Oldroyd and the ODADA team strived to make every residence feel inviting and calming—like a true refuge above the city. “We don’t want to overstimulate you here,” he notes. “We want you to come home and feel restful and held, cozy and warm and secure.” 

181 Fremont is a feat of design and ingenuity best experienced in person.
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Watch “Distinctive By Design, Part 1” From 181 Fremont’s Film Series, Inside & Out

In a new video from 181 Fremont’s film series, Inside & Out, Carmen Legarda shares an up-close look at a few of 181 Fremont’s incredible, one-of-a-kind design details, which abound around every corner. First, Carmen leads the way through the lobby, where a 25-foot-tall, glass-enclosed ceiling brings in stunning natural light and a custom-made gold-leafed dome—commissioned by award-winning interior designer, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy—adds a touch of elegance to a private seating area. From the lobby, Carmen takes us to the elevators, pointing out the polished calacatta marble finishes, custom-crafted wall sconces and Parisian-made bronze door handles along the way. To experience all of 181 Fremont in person, schedule a private tour with Carmen, email or call 415.282.0888.

Watch “The Story of Art” From 181 Fremont’s Film Series, Inside & Out

In the latest video from 181 Fremont’s new film series, Inside & Out, Carmen Legarda guides us through 181 Fremont’s exceptional permanent art collection and onsite exhibitions. Led by renowned curator Holly Baxter, 181 Fremont’s art program is among the most innovative and comprehensive ever to exist in a private residential building.

Follow along as Carmen takes us from the lobby—home to a stunning Eva Rothschild sculpture—to PODIUM II, a special exhibition curated by art advisor Holly Baxter featuring art by 14 international women artists. 

To experience all of 181 Fremont in person, schedule a private tour with Carmen and Leo, email or call 415.282.0888.

Watch the Debut Episode of 181 Fremont’s Legends of Design Film Series

181 Fremont is proud to present Legends Of Design, a new film series spotlighting the best in interior design, art and craftsmanship within our award-winning building.

In this debut episode, celebrity interior designer Lars Hypko of MASS Beverly discusses the intent behind his highly detailed work within 181 Fremont’s Grand Penthouse, the highest residence west of the Mississippi—from its view-enhancing color scheme to its naturally luxurious, handpicked materials. Lars also speaks about Italian-French designer Pierre Cardin, and how his distinct, contemporary aesthetic served as artistic inspiration for Residence 67C. Moderating the interview is best-selling author, design lecturer and feature writer Diane Dorrans Saeks.

181 Fremont is a feat of design and ingenuity best experienced in person. 

To schedule a private tour, email or call 415.282.0888.