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Alhambra Cross

Alhambra Cross


A pop-up church with open sides that allows a local congregation to worship safely
  • Location

    Bogota, Colombia
  • Year

  • Status

  • Theme

    Sustaining activities and services
  • Sub-theme

    Moving activities outdoors

Case Description

Due to Covid-19, many churches had to close their doors, making it difficult to stay engaged with the worshippers, who could not take part their regular gatherings anymore. The designers from Colab-19 architecture addressed this challenge by building a temporary church in a car park area. The cross-shaped church consists of an adjustable steel structure, a roof of corrugated panels, both painted white, and hung with mosquito nets. The nets allow for ventilation and invites people to keep a distance, while also protecting worshippers from horizontal rain and creating a spiritual atmosphere. Designing and building the church was made possible through various donations and the help of students part of CESCA, a student-collective organization.

Relation to Resilience

The temporary church helped a local community to stay connected during challenging times, both with their fellow worshippers and with their faith. The church played a particularly important role in allowing people to celebrate the Holy Week and Easter, each being important celebrations within the largely Roman Catholic community.


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