Just near the ferry wharves this gleaming bubbler sits awaiting thirsty school groups and tourists. It has a stand next to it that allows people to refill plastic bottles and so is a hit with primary school visitors to the Quay. Stylistically it is very different from a traditional bubbler, almost sculptural. I don’t like it as it feels too coldly clinical for me and it could be placed anywhere – football ground, shopping centre, school – it doesn’t engage with its beautiful harbour surroundings.
Cleanliness: Clinically clean. [4/5]
Water quality: Clear and cool [3/5]
Spray reliability: The spray is strong and very consistent. No ‘burbling’ from this engineering masterpiece [3/5]
Ease of use: I watched someone else use this bubbler before approaching it as it is very different to a traditional bubbler. The water sprays horizontally and the button is very responsive so there is little chance of overspray or ‘chin drippage’. You almost catch the water in your mouth instead of the more common slurping technique used at traditional bubblers. The bubbler is very easy to use. [4/5]
Aesthetic qualities: The bubbler looks very sleek. It has obviously been constructed to withstand the marine environment by the Quay but, to my eye, it isn’t in sympathy with its surroundings. It is quite utilitarian and could be improved by some design references to its iconic location. [2/5]
Star rating: ***