Acton Ostry Architects

Vancouver College is a distinguished all-boys Catholic school with a mission to educate young men with a focus on service to church and community. Manrell Hall middle school was the first phase of a master plan to strengthen the sense of place for the venerable institution as it celebrated its 100th year. Black steel frames and planes of glass punctuate the end elevations while red-brick mediates the scale of the school in its residential setting. The main floor features a skylit foyer, founders atrium, learning commons and dining hall. Upper floors house classrooms arranged in learning neighbourhoods. Manrell Hall, together with Lannon Hall and Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel, are now linked around a cloister courtyard to form a symbolic centre for Vancouver College.


Manrell Hall


Vancouver, BC


Vancouver College




4,350 m2

entry approach.

entry approach


LEED Gold equivalent 

awards & recognition

Grands Prix du Design School & Preschool Education Silver Award

cloister courtyard.

cloister courtyard

Each of these spaces have been designed with the idea that at Vancouver College we continue in our commitment to educating the whole child—mind, body and soul—into the 21st Century, within the full context of our times.

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steel-framed facade.

steel-framed facade

approach from street.

approach from street

approach from playfield.

approach from playfield

cloister courtyard.

cloister courtyard

cloister courtyard.

cloister courtyard

cloister courtyard.

cloister courtyard

dining hall.

dining hall

glazed foyer.

glazed foyer



classroom commons.

classroom commons

learning commons.

learning commons

large classroom.

large classroom

small classroom.

small classroom

rooftop terrace.

rooftop terrace

Manrell Hall will further facilitate innovation and creativity and enhance the social and collaborative elements of learning.

Vancouver College