Called Alhambra Cross, the pop-up church is made from steel formwork used for casting concrete slabs.
The steel structure, consisting of adjustable props supporting a roof of corrugated panels, has been painted white and hung with mosquito nets to allow airflow while creating a more spiritual atmosphere for worshipers despite the car-park setting.
"The mosquito net helps with blocking the outdoor activity, helps with social distance, keeps the ventilation going and protects individuals from horizontal rain showers," explained Colab-19.
From above, the temporary church is shaped like a Greek cross, a plus-sign shape with four arms of equal length, in reference to Christian iconography.
Seating is arranged around all four arms, with an altar at the centre under a transparent roof panel that acts as a skylight.
Colab-19 decided to build an outdoor church after Bogotá's mayor Claudia López imposed safety restrictions over Semana Santa, or Holy Week, which is one of the most important dates for Roman Catholics.
The studio contacted the city's archdiocese who put them in touch with a church named 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," said Colab-19
"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 neighbourhood community."
Having experimented with scaffolding for La Concordia: Amphitheatre, a multi-storey structure that is helping Bogotá businesses operate in the open air under coronavirus restrictions, Colab-19 wanted to expand its reuse of construction materials.
Instead of the obsolete systems ending up as scrap metal, the project could demonstrate how they could be reused to make temporary structures
Colab-19 reached out to the Colombian Society of Architects for advice and were put in touch with construction materials company Equinorte, which provided the formwork.
Student collective CESCA brought together students from the city's architecture schools to help assemble the church in time for Easter celebrations.
Architects German Bahamon and Alejandro Saldarriaga founded Colab-19 to mobilise a design response to coronavirus in Colombia.
Drone images by David Carretero other photography by Alberto Roa.
Collaborators: Arquidiocesis de Bogotá, Colombian Society of Architects, Equinorte, CESCA