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Q-med portable clinics from Qubix using container architecture

Q-Med portable clinics from Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt

On saying “shipping containers” you might think of their huge size, their durability, or even their striking colors. You won’t probably relate them to architecture. However, there are those who thought these containers could serve as new architectural spaces. They are the people behind the Egyptian start-up Qubix who are up-cycling shipping containers to create innovative spaces. By this they pioneered the industry of container architecture in Egypt, or what is called “cargotecture”.

Qubix new Head Quarter office container architecture firm in Egypt
Qubix new Head Quarter office

The story of Qubix

The story of Qubix started in 2016 when two entrepreneurs, Karim Rafla and Youssef Farag saw potential in the container architecture in Egypt. Having studied Business and Finance, both Rafla and Farag did not come from architectural or engineering background. However, they deeply studied how to work with such material and shape it in different ways. After that they expanded their team and pioneered in the industry of cargotecture in Egypt. Since then, Qubix created around 50 unique projects for clients in industries ranging from retail, construction development, F&B and residential.

Design from Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt
Qubix booth design from containers

Q-med portable medical unit

This year Qubix launched their latest product, Q-med. Q-med is a fully equipped portable medical unit that can serve anywhere. It mainly aims to increase the reach of medical suppliers and providers in different regions. In the meantime, considering the challenging health situation the world is facing, we deeply need medical care to be as widely accessible as possible.

Q-Med medical unit from Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt
Q-Med portable medical unit

“We have been working on this project for several months now and were planning to launch it next year”, Qubix founder Karim Rafla says. “However, considering the current situation, we decided that it would be of great benefit to launch it now”.

We can use Q-med units in rural areas or wherever there is lack of proper medical care. “Currently we can have up to 30-40 fully equipped clinics per month. These clinics can serve schools, sports clubs, compounds and wherever on-site medical insurance is needed.” Rafla says.

Prefabricated materials in building hospitals

What’s unique about Q-med is that Qubix used internationally approved anti-bacterial materials for fabricating the units. As a matter of fact, China used the same prefabricated container architecture techniques in building hospitals rapidly in Wuhan city to face Corona Virus crisis. Regular building methods would have taken them ages and they needed to build as many spaces as soon as possible.

Q-Med clinic units from Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt
Q-Med clinic units

Some previous work from Qubix

Tower Development booth:

They used 40ft containers for the ground floor and one 20ft container on the G+1 level along with a 45m2 roof area. Roof is enclosed from above to protect from rainfall. Inside the unit there is a large reception, a bathroom, kitchenette, with large shared working space area.

Tower Development booth designed by Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt

ZÖÖBA in Sheikh Zayed

This daring design by NAYA Labs, featured geometric wooden cladding, shading structures, outdoor seating furniture and greenery structures. They mainly used 20ft containers, finished as a kitchen to fit the client’s operations. The unique colours and theme uniquely shows the potential of designing with containers.

Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt
Zooba branch in Sheikh Zayed designed by Qubix

The Walk of Cairo

It is a collection of containers serving as a commercial F&B area for the entertainment area of the project. The design featured two levels and several cantilever components. It consisted of 9 20ft ISO shipping containers ranging in use from RestoContainers, service areas, lockers and bathrooms.

The Walk of Cairo designed by Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt
The Walk of Cairo designed by Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt

Mountain View Ras El Hekma

The project embodied the Greek spirit. Qubix used two containers to build this unit. The look was complete with Teakwood external cladding. Clearly this design shows the adaptability of Cargotecture.

Mountain View in Ras El Hekma from Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt

Upcoming Qubix projects

Concerning the upcoming projects, Qubix is aiming to expand more in the consumer market. They will be offering smart home solutions. If you want to add extension space whether it is pool house or an extra room, Qubix got you covered. Using smart panels, you can have any size you want put together in full house following the same concept of IKEA furniture but for full spaces.

“We will be also offering smart solutions for construction sites”, Rafla says. “Qubix will be expanding in the industry of mobilization units for construction and petroleum sites as well. We’re currently working on game changing solutions that will change the market.”

Designs from Qubix container architecture firm in Egypt

The world is in need for more practical building techniques that save time, effort and most importantly are eco-friendly. Reusing materials like shipping containers, saves the cost and pollution of creating materials from the scratch. With such examples proving success and adaptability, we would like to see more innovative container architecture projects in Egypt. Check more on that in the latest project Zed Park Sports Facility.

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