"The distribution of the library's sectors around a central space that is ovoid in plan and spiral in cross-section, proposing a circulation whose upward progression alternates from gentle ramps to small groups of steps, creates a very interesting spatial dynamic. This route offers views of the various spaces that gravitate outside this geometry and gives a very personal character to the whole.
The large garden created by the slimness of the architectural party adds to the landscaped space of the block. But its accessibility from the library remains problematic.
The position of the animation rooms allows them to function apart from the library, and the choice of locating the main entrance on the east side of the Saint-Just facade grants a very high visibility to the exhibition room. The division of these two rooms is particularly ingenious, in that it uses a sliding storage wall.
The choice of a third level above ground penalizes the project by requiring additional staff.
This floor allows for magnificent views of Mount Royal and the neighborhood, but the founding geometry of the architectural party is unfortunately absent.
The Saint-Just façade proposes a rhythm and structure that does not continue through the plan and does not resonate with the rear façade."
(From ARQ Magazine # 86 August 1995, p.12)