波哥大的教会宣布，复活节的庆祝活动将受到限制和约束，Colab-19事务所与波哥大教区联系，以便捐赠一个临时教堂。大主教区以极大的兴趣回应了我们，他们接受了我们的帮助，并让我们与"圣玛丽亚教堂"（Parroquia Santa Maria de la Alhambra）取得了联系。当我们与他们交谈时，他们告诉我们自大流行病开始以来，他们遭受了多大的痛苦。他们没有现成的寺庙，他们只是在2019年买了一栋房子，在那里庆祝弥撒，直到2020年大流行到来。此后他们一直在挣扎，并把我们视为恢复与邻居社区接触的关键。
Bogota's major announced that Easter celebrations were to be restricted and limited. Colab-19 approached Bogota's archdiocese in order to donate a temporary church. The archdiocese responded to us with great interest, they accepted the help and put us in contact with the church "Parroquia Santa Maria de la Alhambra". When we talked to them, they told us how much they have suffered since the beginning of the pandemic. They don't have an existing temple, they just bought a house in 2019 to celebrate the masses there until 2020 when the pandemic arrived. They have struggled since then and saw us as the key to recover the engagement with the neighbor's community.
Our first step of action was to think about keeping the Christianity architectural language (the reason why our design is a Greek Cross) and the second one, seek to recycle systems related to the construction in order to achieve no waste in our new experiment.
After our experience with scaffolding, we were open to exploring more recycling systems related to the construction in order to achieve no waste in our experiment (prefabricated concrete , cranes, pipes, etc) and we found the "horizontal framework" (a system used to cast concrete slabs) actually a system that today is considered outdated due to the evolution of the system itself.
A hazard to our environment with many pieces to arrive in many landfills around the world for the next years.On the other hand, we were very excited to design, build, and expose the first (but hopefully not the last) building in the world using the horizontal framework. Based on this our approach is to offer a recycled and recyclable design.
We contacted the Colombian Society of Architects and exposed them to our idea and our needs. Because we are a new firm is just difficult to offer credibility and borrow this kind of system. We will be always thankful for the support of the Colombian Society of Architects. They immediately put us in contact with equinorte the company that owns the system and were very excited to make this idea a reality. Originally these pieces are finished in raw material or are painted in orange but for this occasion, they decided to paint it white.
CESCA, a student's collective organization from the Colombia Society of Architects also played an important role, they were the link with young students from different architectural schools to start assembling the temporary church.
One of the big challenges from the beginning was to take the church to the outdoors because we need to keep the atmosphere that helps isolate people for their spiritual connection. The mosquito net helps with blocking the outdoor activity, helps with social distance, keeps the ventilation going, and protects individuals from horizontal rain showers.
Project: ALHAMBRA'S CROSS
Design Firm: Colab-19 Architecture
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Area: 350 M2
Occupancy: 60 ppl
Temporality: Apr 1 - Apr 4
Collaborators: Arquidiocesis de Bogota, Colombian Society of Architects, Equinorte, CESCA.
Photo Credit: David Carretero, Alberto Roa