Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London

Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London, Interior Design and Architecture, Architect, Images

Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London

Wooden Religious Building in South East England, UK – design by Spheron Architects

11 Aug 2017

Belarusian Memorial Chapel Building

Design: Spheron Architects

Location: London, UK

Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London

This 70sqm project is the first wooden chapel to be 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 disaster.

Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London

Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London
photos © Joakim Boren

Timber serves as a reminder of the loss of many wooden Belarusian settlements. A series of contemporary elements have been introduced to the basic traditional form, such as the undulating timber frill of the flank walls which enlivens the exterior.

Belarusian Memorial Chapel London

Belarusian Memorial Chapel London
photos © Ioana Marinescu

The principal structure uses Douglas Fir, chosen for its appearance, reduced drying shrinkage and ability to yield very large structural sections.

Belarusian Memorial Chapel building in London

Belarusian Memorial Chapel building in London
photographs © Hélène Binet

The frame was fabricated and erected to an exacting tolerance of 2mm in order to accurately interface with the Radiata Pine CLT panels.  All timber is self-finished and external timbers will weather naturally. The overall appearance is of a wholly timber-made building.

Belarusian Memorial Chapel building in London

Belarusian Memorial Chapel building in London
photos © Hélène Binet

Belarusian Memorial Chapel London – Building Information

Location: London
Architect: Spheron Architects
Client: The Holy See of Rome
Structural Engineer: Timberwright Ltd
Environmental/M&E Engineer: Arup
Joinery Company: T Clark & Co Joinery Ltd
Quantity Surveyor/Cost Consultant: Change Project Consulting
Wood Supplier: Egoin UK, East Bros Timber Ltd
Wood Species: British & Canadian Douglas Fir, Spanish Radiata Pine, Canadian Western Red Cedar

Belarusian Memorial Chapel building in London

Belarusian Memorial Chapel building in London
photos © Hélène Binet

Belarusian Memorial Chapel London images / information received from Wood Awards

Spheron Architects
Address: Clapham North Art Centre, 26-32 Voltaire Rd, London SW4 6DH, UK
Phone:+44 20 7617 7046


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