With a scarcity of prime building sites in our large cities, apartment buildings are on the increase.
But look around the new projects and it's easy to see the low-cost cookie-cutter development is becoming a thing of the past. Modern apartment design is much more people focused today it's all about space and light, and bringing a human scale to apartment buildings.
Architect Colin Leuschke of Leuschke Group says it is also about innovation exploring new technology and materials that will help achieve these objectives.
The new Balfour apartment building, which was developed by New Sun Company with Leuschke Group architects Colin and Lindy Leuschke, epitomises the new approach to multi-unit architecture.
"Apartment buildings can look very regular and ordinary, so it is essential to introduce detail to the exterior," Colin Leuschke says. "But this needs to be in proportion to the size of the structure. To break down the scale of this large building, for example, we introduced massive three-storey screens that look a little like Corten steel. They are made from laser-cut powdercoated aluminium that has been painted to resemble timber."
Leuschke describes the screens as modern-day shutters.
"The screens provide privacy for the master bedrooms, but they can be folded back. They help to animate the exterior of the building, so it is never static. From the inside they look like timber, but they are completely low maintenance, which is essential for an apartment."