Based on Computer Aid International‘s request, Squire and Partners has designed a cost-efficient, practical and enjoyable environment for users. The basic unit is constructed from a recycled shipping container with solar panels on the roof and utilises donated refurbished DELL computers.
Locally converted and fitted out, including bespoke timber seating and desks, the Zubabox also features a graffiti mural by two local artists and donated recycled oil drums were planted with native trees and flowers to create a vibrant landscaped area.
The final project presents itself as a simple modular system that can operate individually or as part of a group. By maximising the number of openings, cross ventilation and natural light is increased. A shaded external deck also expands the usable area to facilitate integration with the existing community, and a large roof size allows for an increased number of solar panels.
The Bogotá Zubabox is sponsored by DELL Legacy of Good, and serves a local charity Tiempo de Juego that provides a friendly and inclusive community for local young people as an alternative to the prevalent culture of gangs, drugs and crime.