Spheron Architects, a UK studio, has recently constructed a wooden chapel in memory of the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The chapel is built on the grounds of Marian House, a community and cultural center for the UK Belarusian population living in and around London.
Interestingly, Spheron Architects' chapel is the first wooden church built in London since the Great Fire of 1666. Considering the mass urban devastation of that historical event, it is appropriate that the new chapel pays homage to the victims of a modern and even more destructive disaster.
Beyond that connection, the architects chose to make a wooden church because of the rich tradition in Belarus. In the country, wood is a commonly used material for religious buildings.