Computer Aid International first approached Squire and Partners in 2014 for a more cost-effective and enjoyable version of the nonprofit’s original Zubabox, ten of which had already been deployed in eleven locations across Africa. The architects began with the same recycled shipping container framework that defined the original Zubabox, but then maximized the number of openings in the new Zubabox to increase cross ventilation and natural light. A shaded external deck was added to expand the building footprint, while a larger roof size allowed for a greater number of solar panels.
Squire and Partners worked with Bogota-based manufacturers, furniture makers, and artists to deliver the redesigned Zubabox to Cazuca in 2016. The shipping container was locally converted and outfitted with bespoke timber seating and desks, as well as a graffiti mural by two local artists. The lab is equipped with ten donated refurbished computers. The simple modular design can operate alone or be grouped together with other units. Donated oil drums were recycled as planters for native trees and flowers to create a garden in front of the Zubabox.
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