New London church is tribute to Chernobyl victims

A wooden chapel commemorating the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster has been built in London.

The project, funded by the Vatican, will be located in Woodside Park in Finchley, north London, which boasts a large Belarusian community.

The 800 square foot Belarusian Memorial Chapel was designed by London’s Spheron Architects.

The firm notes that "in Belarus alone, almost 25% of its territory and 20% of its population suffered in the aftermath of the disaster, as 70% of the radioactive fall-out fell on southern Belarus.

"This chapel has been designed to serve as a reminder of the traumatic loss of a great number rural settlements in Belarus and the Ukraine."

The design draws inspiration from the "rural wooden churches in Belarus, and aims to combine their traditional architectural language with contemporary building technologies and concepts".

The materials chosen were "restricted to wood and glass to reflect the austere and tranquil beauty of traditional wooden churches".

Images courtesy of Spheron Architects

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