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The eighth edition of the International Design Contest jumpthegap®, organized by Roca in collaboration with BCD Barcelona Design Center, has held its Awards Ceremony at the Disseny Hub Barcelona. More than 25,500 participants have taken part in it since its creation, and this eighth edition in particular has had 5,000 registered participants from 137 countries, who have submitted 725 projects.

Launched in 2004 with the aim of supporting young architects and designers, jumpthegap® is aimed at students and professionals under the age of 40 and is divided into two main categories: Professional and Student. A Special Prize to Sustainability, presented by the We Are Water Foundation, is also awarded since 2015.

The competition, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals driven by United Nations, inspires the future generations of designers and architects to focus their work, where possible, on reducing the environmental impact, one of the greatest social challenges of the 21st century.

Roca is a pioneering brand in the development of solutions that contribute to the reduction of water and energy consumption in our daily use of its products and participates in the raising of awareness of the need to make a rational use of these resources. In fact, the sensitivity to climate change has been reflected in this edition, through projects that seek to reduce water consumption or the impact on the environment.

The Awards Ceremony of the eighth edition brought together the finalists of the competition –from Colombia, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, Portugal, Malaysia, South Korea, China, Turkey and Spain− and professionals from the world of design and architecture; among them, the members of the jury Ruy Ohtake, architect and president of the jury; Isabel Roig, director general of BCD Barcelona Design Center; Josep Congost, Design and Innovation Director at Roca; Dorota Koziara, designer, artist and curator; Boris Voskoboynikov, chief architect and principal of the studio VOX Architects; Xavier Torras, Roca Brand Communication Director and Director of the We Are Water Foundation; Low Cheaw Hwei, Vice president of Philips Design Asia, Head of Design of Philips in Asia and Head of Governance and Public Affairs of Philips; and Deborah Seward, Director of the United Nations Information Center.

The three winners chosen from the 12 finalists were announced during the event. The winners of the 8th edition of the international design competition jumpthegap®, have been:

- Professional Category:
* Project ‘Morpho’. A series of elastic modular floor panels by the Colombian engineer, Eduardo Cárdenas (University EAFIT, Medellin).

Murat Tabanlıoğlu specially valued its “excellent design and great potential to create different atmospheres.” Ruy Ohtake, Isabel Roig, Boris Voskoboynikov, Dorota Koziara and Josep Congost have presented the 10,000€ prize.

- Student Category:
* Project ‘Care Bee’. A shower column from the Hungarian industrial and product design student, Janos Priskin (University of Arts and Design Moholy-Nagy, Budapest).

Dorota Koziara has valued: “the green capacity of the project, its aesthetic function and its relaxation concept, so valuable in today’s stressful world.”
Ruy Ohtake, Isabel Roig, Boris Voskoboynikov, Dorota Koziara and Josep Congost have presented the 10,000€ prize to the young student.

- Special We Are Water Prize to the most sustainable project:
* Project ‘Tik-Tap’. A shower-head by Soyeon Lee, a Korean student of the Master’s degree in Art, Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies, and Hyemin Min Korean student of Interior Design at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan.

Xavier Torras has highlighted that “the project stands out for its capacity to raise awareness of the value of water for life.” Deborah Seward, Low Cheaw Hwei and Xavier Torras, have presented the 6,000€ prize to the winning designers.

The event started with a jumpthegap®(talk): ‘The design in Ruy Ohtake’s architecture’ given by the president of the jury Ruy Ohtake, Brazilian architect with more than 300 projects carried out in Brazil and abroad and numerous recognitions such as: Gold Necklace 2007 from the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil, Professor Emeritus from the Faculdade de Arquitetura de Santos and Professor Honoris Causa from Universidade Braz Cubas. He was also a member of the exclusive group of architects invited to the 20th Congress of the International Union of Architects, held in Beijing in 1999.



The International Design Contest jumpthegap® recognizes the most innovative and sustainable projects for the bathroom of the future

Numerous projects approach water or energy savings as the focal point of their proposal.
With more than 5,000 registered participants from 137 countries, jumpthegap® consolidates as one of the design competitions with greater international recognition.