Architecture’s real qualities ultimately reveal themselves only during its use. This applies even more so to public buildings meant to cater to the diverse requirements of changing users. How is architecture experienced? What attracts visitors to architecture? In what ways does architecture encourage the meeting and communication of people? These are the questions, among others, that this book takes up, introducing 15 exemplary solutions of inside, outside and city spaces as case studies which have received the “Award for Exemplary Buildings in the State of Hesse 2011”. In the context of detailed project presentations, the users also have their say in a variety of ways. This makes the statements particularly authentic and easily understandable, especially for clients and those interested in architecture.