The Reel Library —
Challenging paradigms through negative spaceMcGill University, Montreal, Fall 2019
The diagram above shows how the interstice acts as a programmatic device: the library program is articulated around the same rigorous axes that helped define the building form.
The longitudinal section shows the importance of the crevasse (highlighted in yellow), around which level changes and interpenetration become possible . The sketch above illustrates the cone of vision of the observer located on the second level. A multiplicity of paths and stairways appears before them: the group study rooms from the first level mezzanine, the second level upper platform and even the way to the top floor.