Since 1990, Panoramic has completed 15 mixed-use, infill projects in and around downtown Berkeley and San Francisco — adding more than 689 new units of housing, and 100,000 square feet of commercial space. The Berkeleyan Apartments, a mixed-use project built in 1998, was the first new rental housing project by a private developer in downtown Berkeley since World War II. From 2004 – 2007, Panoramic was the largest private landlord of UC Berkeley students. It also provided more affordable housing in its 7 mixed-use projects than the Berkeley Housing Authority. (In April 2007, it sold all its residential developments to the Equity Residential REIT, in the largest real estate transaction in Berkeley’s history.)


Panoramic installed the first independently accessed, stacked, parking lifts in a commercial development in the U.S. (1995). It was the first developer to incorporate on-premises City CarShare in its buildings (2001). It also built the first car-free, high-rise micro-apartment project in the the US.  All of its rental projects have rooftop gardens, energy-efficient designs, and ground floor retail space reserved for local businesses. Panoramic has spent the last nine years designing and developing stylish and efficient urban housing called CITYSPACES®.  The three traits used in design and development of CITYSPACES® are carfree housing, MicroDNA, and modular design.  These designs include new steel modular housing for the homeless called the  CITYSPACES® MicroPAD®, (Prefab Affordable Dwelling).

Five new projects are in progress:

  • CITYSPACES® MicroPAD® (Prefab Affordable Dwelling) is a steel modular dwelling, specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless people. The 160 SF units have a private kitchen and bath, 9 ft ceilings, large windows for natural light & ventilation, engineered soundproofing, and state-of-the-art seismic design and fire-safety.
  • CITYSPACES® 333: City Gardens is a 200-unit apartment project at the western edge of SoMa, adjacent to the Mission District in San Francisco; it will have 102 Duos (2-bedroom apts) and 98 Suites (4-bedroom apts). The project is car-free, and a model of Ultralight Urbanism®.
  • CITYSPACES® 2539: The Nexus is a car-free infill project located in the Southside of UC Berkeley campus; it will have 70 apartments and a cafe.
  • CITYSPACES® 2711: Shattuck Studios, a 22-unit four-story car-free project, will be the first all-steel modular construction in the U.S.; the efficiently designed spaces are a 10-minute walk from downtown Berkeley & UC Berkeley Campus.
  • CITYSPACES® 500 Kirkham is a mixed-use apartment project located next to the West Oakland BART station; it will have 1,032 apartments, 60,000 SF landscaped area, 27,667 SF flex space for small local businesses, 19,400 SF community gathering space/pedestrian alleys, 13,468 SF commercial/retail spaces, and 12,400 SF public open space/pop-up retail.