David Kohn wins Belgian convent competition

David Kohn Architects' scheme for the Hasselt University beguinage

Historic building will become architecture school

David Kohn Architects has won an international competition to convert an 18th-century religious building in Belgium into an architecture school.

The €8.9m scheme for the University of Hasselt is the practice’s second major international commission this year, after it landed a 9,600sq m apartment building in Berlin in June.

Working with Belgian firm Bovenbouw Architectuur, Kohn will remodel a “beguinage”, which is a convent-like complex of buildings common to the Low Countries where “beguines” – or religious women who did not take vows like nuns – lived in sheltered communities.

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