For the winners, a flexible design process and a high-quality outcome could not be achieved if the urban space was simply perceived as a floor plan. Their plan delivers the proposed population density and sufficient sunlight for all apartments by generating a site "nucleus", i.e. a maximum architecture boundary. In this methodology, the edges are removed from the maximum building volume (area x height) to ensure that sunlight reaches the neighbouring facades. CAD makes it possible to replace traditional techniques of urban design with a customised three-dimensional solution.
The difference between the maximum calculated volume and the permitted density gives maximum flexibility in the use of effective surface area and thereby enhanced quality for adjacent sites.
The scheme develops the tram sheds using this three-dimensional method, shifting the character of the site towards a "shopping mall" configuration.
The city itself is visible in silhouette form, as arrays of houses and street canyons. The houses are the artificial mountains in this urban landscape. The interior network of paths, the effects of external space on inner space, and the requisite exposure to light of the central rooms, shape canyons and form plazas inside the "nucleus", places where private and public life successfully meet. The residential zones are positioned on the most prominent surfaces of the nucleus. Residents coming home to their apartments feel as if they are entering a house directly from the street.