ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: Kendall Wilkinson Design Crafts an Upscale Amenities Floor for 181 Fremont

January 16, 2020

181 Fremont, a San Francisco tower that was officially completed just a few months ago, already had ties with Kendall Wilkinson Design. In 2018, the firm was tapped to outfit a $15.5 million penthouse in the structure, the West Coast’s tallest mixed-use tower. When it came time to appoint a designer for the building’s luxurious amenities floor, 181 Fremont developer Jay Paul Company didn’t have to look very far. “We had previously designed spaces in the building and carried on that connection,” Philip Silver, design principal at Kendall Wilkinson Design, tells AD PRO.

Located 470 feet above the bustling financial district, the floor boasts an array of amenities: a fitness center with a yoga studio, a catering kitchen, conference rooms, a wraparound observatory terrace, and two lounges. To hear more about their design approach, AD PRO caught up with Silver.

AD PRO: The amenities level is filled with angular architectural details. How did you play up those elements?

Philip Silver: Outdoors, on the terrace, we chose to play up the angular structure of the building with coordinating decor. The outdoor sofa has very prominent fractal elements. Indoors, we chose a softer route to contrast the crisp architecture. This strategy was intended to make the space feel more inviting for the residents.

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