Mark English Architects, AIA
Architects & Building Designers
Fontana contemporary-family-room


photos: Matthew Millman

This 1100 SF space is a reinvention of an early 1960s unit in one of two semi-circular apartment towers near San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. The existing design ignored the sweeping views and featured the same humdrum features one might have found in a mid-range suburban development from 40 years ago. The clients who bought the unit wanted to transform the apartment into a pied a terre with the feel of a high-end hotel getaway: sleek, exciting, sexy. The apartment would serve as a theater, revealing the spectacular sights of the San Francisco Bay.

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March 16, 2012
svetlana84 wrote:
I love the wall paper and where i can get the same? - I love the wall paper and would like to have in my main wall in my living room. how can I find the same wall paper?
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Mark English Architects, AIA
Yes, venetian plaster.
    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 11:31AM
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can you provide the exact color you used for the venetian plaster? thank you.
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December 17, 2011
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Mark English Architects, AIA
The sofa is custom, the rug by Kyle Bunting, custom.
    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 11:49AM
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i need to get 2 curved sofas for our great room and I love these. Can you tell me who made them or how I could get them custom made?
    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 3:00PM
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In 1972, the island became a national recreation area, and it went on to become a National Historic Landmark in 1986. It is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco. To find out how to visit, check out The National Park Service's Alcatraz page.

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