Inside the Partially Finished Micro-Units at SoMa's Panoramic / by Elaine Chan

Right now, the second floor of the Panoramic is very close to being finished, with plumbing fixtures going in and progress creeping up floor by floor. Everything is still on track for completing by June 23, meaning that the units will be ready for students to move in for the fall semester. When they do, they will have access to many of the city's art hotspots, including the San Francisco Symphony, the opera, the ballet, and SFJAZZ Center.

The apartments will average 354 square feet, with the typical studio coming in at just 274 square feet (though there will also be shared suites of up to 625 square feet). The units come stocked with Murphy beds, flat-screen TVs, and kitchens with dishwashers, fridges, and two-burner ministoves. (An early prototype unit of just 178 square feet came equipped with just one burner in a drawer, which didn't work out so well.) Although the finishing touches have yet to be put on the nearly complete units, their functionality is already apparent in their compact layouts.

- Tracy Ellen, SF Curbed