Belarusian Memorial Chapel

  • © Tszwai So, Spheron Architects
  • © Tszwai So, Spheron Architects
  • © Tszwai So, Spheron Architects
  • © Tszwai So, Spheron Architects
  • © Tszwai So, Spheron Architects
  • © Joakim Boren
  • © Joakim Boren
  • © Helene Binet
  • © Joakim Boren
  • © Joakim Boren
  • © Joakim Boren
  • © Ioana Marinescu
  • © Joakim Boren
  • © Helene Binet
  • © Joakim Boren
  • © Joakim Boren
  • © Helene Binet
  • © Helene Binet
  • © Joakim Boren
  • © Joakim Boren

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

City of London

Information about this scheme

The Belarusian Memorial Chapel is the first wooden church built in London since the Great Fire of 1666. Built for the Belarusian diaspora community in the UK, it is dedicated to the memory of victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.The chapel sits surrounded by 17 statutorily protected trees in the grounds of Marian House, a community and cultural centre for the Belarusian community in north London. Its design offers a mixture of traditional and contemporary elements and  with the domed spire and timber shingle roof, common features of traditional churches in Belarus, offers familiarity, comfort and memories to London's Belarusian community, many of whom moved to the UK following the Chernobyl disaster.. The 69 sqm chapel has been funded by the Holy See, and replaces the Belarusian Catholic Mission’s makeshift place of worship inside the existing community centre. Accommodating up to 40 people, the new chapel serves not only as an important spiritual focus for the Belarusian community, but also aims to be viewed with welcoming curiosity by everyone, and encourage interest in the country from which its artistic inspiration was drawn.

Credits

Architect

Spheron Architects

Main Contractor

Timberwright Ltd

Other

T Clark & Co Joinery Ltd (Joinery Company)

M&E Engineers

Arup

Quantity Surveyor

Change Project Consulting

Planning Consultant

Alpha Planning

Other

Egoin UK (Timber supplier)

Other

East Bros Timber Ltd (Timber Supplier)

Structural Engineer

Timberwright Ltd

Primary Use Class

Class D1h - Public Worship