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The jumpthegap international design competition recognises projects for bathroom spaces

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 14:51 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff | Hyderabad

jumpthegap, the international design competition organised by Roca in collaboration with the BcD-Barcelona Design Centre, presented the prizes for its tenth edition on Thursday 14 October. During a meeting held at the Roca Barcelona Gallery, the winning projects in the four competition categories (Wellness and Health, [Un]neutral Design, Water and Energy, and Crisis and Emergency) were announced, as well as the winner of the "Best of the Best" award.

This tenth edition of jumpthegap marks a new stage in the development of Roca’s international design competition. The competition proposes a new look at the future inspired by the cross-cutting challenges set by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the areas of healthcare and hygiene, preservation of the planet, respect for diversity and equal access to technological advances. In this context, the participants presented technologically viable projects, with the added value of innovation and showing diversity, sustainability, timelessness, and adaptability. 

With the aim of encompassing all aspects of sustainability related to the bathroom space, the competition has been divided into four categories: Wellness and Health, [Un]neutral Design, Water and Energy, and Crisis and Emergency. In each category, three prizes were awarded, as well as a final "Best of the Best" award for the best project. In total, this tenth edition of jumpthegap® has shared out EURO17,000 in prize money.

Laia Millan Català, winner of the “Best of the Best” award for her project “Ikigai”, thanked Roca for the award and explained that “this project has given me the opportunity of contributing to the visibility of a pathology such as dementia. The mirror is just a tool to help people recover their essence. What is really important are the people who look at it".
On behalf of the jury, Marc Viardot, Roca Group Corporate Marketing and Design Director, noted that “all the members of the jury agree that we can perceive a change in the style of the projects compared to other editions. The projects presented show how design thinking can help to meet the new challenges of sustainability, in social, economic, and environmental aspects. This new generation is pushing us in a new direction, and we are fully committed to supporting them and facilitating their work. 

Roca India MD Mr. KE Ranganathan, said, "I am delighted by the bagful of awards Indian architects and designers have won in this international event. Roca is known for highly innovative products and always promotes design and innovation. These awards show how Indian design is winning accolades worldwide. I congratulate all the participants and winners from India.”

All the projects submitted were assessed by a jury of renowned professionals, led by Japanese architect and 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban (jury president), and also including Somi Kim, senior director of healthcare solutions at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Design; Paul Priestman, designer, president of PriestmanGoode; Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, founders of the design studio Formafantasma; Deborah Seward, Director of the United Nations Regional Information Centre in Belgium; Mariana Amatullo, President of the Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media; Isabel Roig, Executive Director of BcD Barcelona Design Centre and President of World Design Weeks; and Marc Viardot, Roca Group Corporate Marketing and Design Director.

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