As part of a postmodern approach, the white building characterized by its imposing geometric volumes is set up on the Place des Arts by a sober architectural treatment complementing the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, with whom he engages in a rhythmic dialogue by the colonnade of its eastern facade. The building takes advantage of the narrowness and linearity of the site to trigger a privileged relationship with the street and the contiguous square. By reinterpreting the typology of the Italian gallery, the side façade, a long strip, redefines the frame of the Jeanne-Mance street. On the esplanade, the building reveals the depth of its structure by the superposition of volumes and the dynamism of its surfaces. The nesting of the rooms refers to the complexity and the architectural heterogeneity of the city and to the multiple readings of its stratification.
The seven-storey building includes exhibition halls, conservation areas and archives, administrative spaces, the Cinquième Salle (a versatile multi-purpose theater with variable geometry), the multimedia room, the media library and a parking lot. The monumental rotunda of the lobby remains the centerpiece of the museum building, characterized by an abundance of natural light in the rooms. The architectural ensemble is in pursuit of the ideals of the Drapeau era, to create a new artistic heart in the downtown area and to anchor it in a functional network of underground traffic and services. The MACM represents the entire urban identity of Montréal, thanks to strong foundations both on the street and the public square and in the underground city.