Alhambra´s cross

Design by Alejandro Saldarriaga Rubio + German Bahamon

Photography by: Alberto Roa & David Carretero

Bogotá, Colombia

2021

Built

This project was designed for a local church that lacked a safe congregation space for mid-pandemic ester celebrations. We decided to upcycle the system used to cast concrete slabs as the main compositional element, knowing the material would go back to its original use after disassembly and allowed us to design a “Greek Cross” that stood out as a landmark within the urban grid. The project successfully rehabilitated the most important Christian dates of the year and is the first public building in the world made with this horizontal system, which speaks to the values of a low-cost aesthetic.