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York House School in Vancouver demonstrates Acton Ostry Architects’ light and sure touch


York House School is a leading independent school for girls in Vancouver. The new 36,000-square-foot senior school – designed by Acton Ostry Architects Inc. – provides a new entry point for the campus through a soaring glazed portal and circulation crossroads. Innovative, progressive and collaborative state-of-the-art learning and teaching spaces are adaptable and flexible, with gathering places for informal student and teacher interaction.

A simple and spare material palette features textured concrete, wood, glass and stone. A donor recognition program features the names of thousands of famous women, selected by the students, screen-printed onto a myriad of glass guards delineating the circulation routes throughout the central atrium crossroads.

“The new senior school unites the York House campus, linking the senior and junior schools, as well as creating flexible learning spaces to foster creativity and collaboration for students”—senior school Renewal Campaign

“You and your team should be proud of the outcome on the school. It is nothing less than spectacular. I have really enjoyed the journey with the team”—Michael Louie, chair of the Facilities Committee York House School