The center (or centre in local spelling) is an ambitious architectural, urbanistic, and business project. For visitors, the business dimension is perhaps less interesting. Architecturally, the Montreal World Trade Center integrates the façades of several buildings on Rue St-Jacques and Rue St-Antoine and covers the block between them.
Once inside, one is immediately reminded of the Parisian passage: a glass-shielded commercial area flooded with natural light, superimposed onto an existing street (in this case, the Ruelle des Fortifications). The Montreal World Trade Center is open to the public (one can enter from all four sides: Square Victoria, Rue St-Antoine, Rue St-Jacques, and Rue St-Pierre. There is also a passage connecting the center to the underground network and two neighboring metro stations).