Photo: Like much of the best Swedish design and engineering, the WaterCube itself was built to last. Here its designer Mikael Frid supervises the breakdown. It will be reassembled next week. Stockholm, 21 August 2009.

Snag: n. – a concealed or unexpected difficulty or obstacle.

The Stockholm World Water Cube 2009, brilliant as it was, could do with some improvements. We did a snag list video, which I’ve used to create the list below. The time marker [0.26] is to show how far into the video this particular snag is described.

For all of us involved in building WaterCube 2 next month, it is worth watching the video once again. It is only 7 1/2 minutes about the WaterCube itself. :)

Snag list

  • No handles on the door. [0.26]
  • No stop for the door. [0.38]
  • The door needs to be more secure. It was in danger of falling off. [6.50]
  • No way to run cables in the walls, specially for network and power supply. [1.42]
  • No way to hang a WESA monitor mount on the outside. [2.05] (Too hard to fix I think, and we don’t have a spare monitor.)
  • Get a low energy lamp for big lamp (less hot). [6.08]
  • Put WaterCube stickers on the door to make it obvious you can’t walk through it? [6.57]
  • Nice sticker saying “Sliding door” with an arrow. [7.35]

Positive things to retain / not to miss

  • The plexiglass WaterCube logos over the sofa. Great! [4.26]
  • Sofa and furniture was good. Pillows! [4.43]
  • Rattan storage box was good. (Akvo will bring). [4:48]
  • Lighting was good, both big lamp and spots. [4:55]
  • Large lamp good for sound quality. [5.55]
  • Glass table in the cube was good. [6.20]
  • Need an 10 mbps internet connection at a minimum. [8.00]

See photos of last year’s WaterCube here.

Thomas Bjelkeman is CTO and founder of Akvo. Meet him at WaterCube 2, during Stockholm World Water Week 2010, from 5th to 10th September 2010.