The projects in this book illustrate the latest tendencies in collective housing. Conventional vertical dwellings, buildigns for specific groups and residential complexes share a common spirit: rigour, imagination and respect for both the persons who will occupy them and the environment in which they will be located. The works of Frank Gehry, Claus en Kaan, Deadline (the one on the cover), Calatrava and Shigeru Ban - to name just a few - provide stimulating answers, ingenious solutions, unexpected points of view and proposals that will without doubt influence the conception of residential architecture in the century to come.
The book features detailed studies (multiple plans, photographs and explanatory text) of 38 apartment building projects from all over the world, though mainly Europe. Essential reading for anyone involved in such a project. Helin & Siitonen’s green-roofed Experimental House in Sweden is particularly interesting - green roofs are ace and should be encouraged with extreme prejudice.