Apartment architecture has come a long way since the days when functionality took precedence over aesthetic conditions. Today, the two concepts go hand in hand. Each project selected for this volume has gone that extra step beyond successfully meeting basic requirements, to providing qualities which add texture and beauty to daily life. Not only do these buildings enjoy more light and color, better spatial distribution and improved community spaces, but they also have distinctive characteristics which set them apart from the rest: from the massive superimposed boxes jutting out in gravity-defying profusion to a building with entire facades of double layers of glass encasing living plants within. Photos, texts, ground plans and construction details all help provide thorough understanding of each project.