The simple plan unfolds around a central opening that is flooded with natural light. This circulation space, located at the heart of the building, includes an open staircase that facilitates the orientation of users in addition to providing sufficient natural light throughout the space and into the children's library in the basement. The original program of the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges includes a library and an audio-visual library with a collection of nearly 100,000 documents, plus a 150-seat amphitheater, a showroom, a printing press and a photography laboratory. Inside, cherry wood and brick dominate. The sobriety in the use of these materials as a cladding and as architectural elements, combined with skylights that drive natural light through the heart of the consultation areas generate the warmth, intimacy and character of the project.