IBM Q System One

The World’s First Integrated Quantum Computing System.



Our partners, Map and Universal, were commissioned to work alongside IBM’s scientists and engineers, to design the world’s first fully integrated universal quantum computing system for scientific and commercial use - IBM Q System One.

Map and Universal defined the vision for the system, where the hardware, spaces and interface are considered as a single coherent experience.

With the potential to solve problems beyond reach of ‘classical’ computers, current IBM quantum computers can be accessed through the cloud today. To make them widely useable beyond the confines of the research lab, information processing and the machines that facilitate it needed to be re-imagined.


In 1957, Thomas J Watson commissioned IBM’s first corporate-wide program.

Encompassing everything from products to buildings and corporate identity, collaborators included design legends such as Charles & Ray Eames, Ero Saarinen and Paul Rand.

Iconic products such as the IBM System 360 mainframe launched soon after, which revolutionised the world – changing the way businesses thought about computer hardware.

The System 360 made ‘classical’ computing scalable and practical.

In the same way, IBM System Q will democratise quantum computing.


Our challenge was to satisfy the computer’s functional demands, whilst defining the archetype that this new form of computing would require.

Over a period of two years, the design direction and performance criteria for the system were developed in collaboration with specialist display case fabricator Goppion, who helped to realise our concept for the outer vitrine and its 3m2 glass panels. Engineered to open effortlessly using roto-translation, easy access simplifies the system’s maintenance and upgrade process while minimising downtime.

The enclosure forms an air tight seal so the integrated system can carry out one of the most challenging aspects of quantum computing: continuously maintaining the quality of qubits used to perform quantum computations.

A second phase of the project, the IBM Q Quantum Computation Center will open later this year in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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