181 Fremont is easily one of the Bay Area’s most impressive buildings. For starters, the 802-foot tower by Heller Manus is very tall. It’s the tallest residential development on the West Coast and third-tallest building of any kind in San Francisco. And since residences start at 500 feet, you’re virtually guaranteed spectacular views. The tower is also San Francisco’s first LEED Platinum luxury condominium tower. And it’s a feat of engineering—durable and innovative, with design features that give it a striking silhouette but also serve a greater purpose. The angled glass windows and reverse chevron structure in the middle of the tower, for example, are not just visually appealing; they also increase shade, reduce wind forces, and maximize those views of the city and the bay.
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A collaboration between Heller Manus Architects and Arup structural engineers, 181 Fremont is a striking tower. Its aluminum exoskeleton, reverse chevron structure, and glass curtain walls give it an angular, geometric facade that would be impressive on its own. The building also has a REDi Gold Rating, an indication that it was designed for earthquake resilience.
SoMa, which stands for South of Market, is a sprawling area that grew out of the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. It stretches from the Bay Bridge out past Van Ness Avenue, abutting Hayes Valley and the Haight, and south to 16th Street, where it neighbors Potrero Hill and Dog Patch. It encompasses a number of microneighborhoods, including Rincon Hill, the East Cut, South Beach, and Mission Bay, each with a slightly different character. Here you’ll find warehouses and art galleries, tech companies and luxury high rises, nightlife and restaurants. The SF Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Gardens, and Oracle Park are also part of the SoMa cultural scene.
With views like the ones surrounding 181 Fremont, you might not expect as much attention to detail in its 55 residences. But everything, from the heated marble floors in the bathrooms to New Guinean vertical grain Paldao wood doors, has been meticulously considered by San Francisco-based designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. There are electrically controlled solar window shades, premium appliances from Miele, Sub-Zero, and Liebherr, and fixtures by Dornbracht, Geberit, Duravit, and Toto. Even the polished brass door handles have a story: Parisian artisan Daniel Podva custom-forged them for 181 Fremont.
The wraparound observation terrace with panoramic views of San Francisco is the standout amenity at 181 Fremont. But the art program should not be overlooked. Throughout the luxury condominium development, there are more than 120 pieces of art in all mediums, including works by contemporary American artist Tara Donovan, Irish sculptor Eva Rothschild, and Shahzia Sikander, a Pakistani-born artist best known for her miniatures.
- 24hr Doorman
- Bike Storage
- Conference Room
- Fireside Gathering Area
- Fitness Center
- On-Site Parking
- Outdoor Space
- Valet Parking
- Yoga Studio
The Age of In-Condo Dining
The dining experience has changed dramatically over the past year. That sense of occasion sparked by trying a new restaurant, ordering a predinner martini, or perusing an à la carte menu has been lost. New developments with their own dining and drinking amenities are an attractive alternative.