8th Jumpthegap Roca International Design Contest 2018-2019

Início em 14/01/2019 até 26/04/2019

Categorias: 03 março2019

Aim and theme of the contest

jumpthegap® is a biennial International Design Contest promoted by Roca since 2004 with the collaboration of BCD Barcelona Design Center, aimed at creative people who think towards the future whilst designing today.


The contest is looking for new, innovative and sustainable concepts for the bathroom space of the future, taking into account that the viability of the project should not limit the creativity of the proposals.


These are designs that can bring forth their vision of conceptually futuristic and innovative bathroom solutions: new products, new spaces and/or new uses and functions. The anticipation of users’ new desires and needs, as well as (why not?) the transformation of dreams and desires into reality.


jumpthegap® bets for the support of the new generations of designers and architects and offers them an international platform to develop and show their talent.


Inspiration Insights

We do not really know how will truly be the future of the design for the bathroom space, but there are a number of undeniable drivers that will shape the society of the next future. We would like to transmit them with the intention to serve as inspiration to develop your projects:



The raise of hyper-emotional consumption brings along the need to live new surprising multisensory experiences. The value of objects decreases and the increasing value of time itself make the consumers search for emotionally intense experiences that may impact on their different senses.




The bathroom experience is a very personal moment and, ideally, the bathroom should, therefore, be your private one. If it is not possible, it should at least welcome you in a cosy atmosphere, warm and comfortable.


Homing doesn’t necessarily have to be deployed in the high-end products only, but also in the mainstream segment.



Technology will be welcome in the bathroom in the same way that it is welcome in other rooms, as far as it:

– Strengthens the feeling of “having things done for you” and makes your life simpler.

– Minimizes the time spent in non-pleasant activities (like cleaning).

– Leaves the bathroom ready for the next user with the minimum effort.


Smart products that eliminate the routine actions like switching on devices, setting up working conditions, opening and closing lids, etc. Intelligent products that understand what you expect from them and react accordingly.



Bathrooms designed for dependent people have to facilitate the execution of routine tasks. The user should be able to perform them without additional knowledge and/ or special skills in order to minimize the time spent on non-pleasant activities. New products must create the perception of safety and should delay the moment when external help is required to perform the bathroom basic activities. An appealing design and simplicity of the interface should make all special features look desirable.



The so-called “Eco products” must be better in every sense. We see that even that the environmental concern of the consumers is growing; they will only adopt sustainable practices if they receive direct, visible and measurable benefits. Being sustainable must be convenient: it must require little or no effort, and it must be very clear what the impact of every action is. Being sustainable must be profitable: it must make the consumer to save resources (i.e.: money) and it must be measurable.



The contest is open to young applicants from every country in the world and has two categories:


Professional category:

designers or architects* born from 1 January 1979 onwards.


Student category:

design or architecture students* born from 1 January 1989 onwards.


Entries may be individual or from a group of two professionals or two students. Mixed groups are not accepted. Each person or group may participate in one project only.

Judges, their families, their studios or design teams may not compete. The same applies to members of the pre-selection committee and employees of companies that form part of the Roca Group. Winners of any edition are also excluded from participating.

*or other related professional/discipline such as building engineer.

Registration for the contest is free of charge and available from October 2018 on the our website and can be accessed through the registration page.
All participants must submit their application to take part in the contest by 12:00 hours (GMT+1) on 25 March 2019.
Important note: When two people submit a group entry, both group members must complete the registration form displayed on the screen.
By registering for the contest, participants confirm that they accept these rules.
Any incomplete or incorrect information or any registration application that does not fulfill the required conditions will be considered as null and void.

There are 3 prizes:
Two winning projects will be chosen and will receive a prize of €10,000 each, one in the professional category and one in the student category.

One Special We Are Water Foundation Prize will be chosen and will receive €6,000. This mention will be given by the We Are Water Foundation, which has two key goals. The first is to promote awareness and encourage debate among the public and organisations on the need to create a new culture for water, to enable the equitable development and sustainable management of the world’s water resources. The second is to carry out a whole host of actions to counter the negative effects of the lack of adequate water resources. The foundation’s fields of activity include involvement in infrastructure, education, health and research, concentrated in the world’s most deprived areas

Key dates 2018 – 2019
October 10, 2018: Registration Period begins and Presentation
March 27, 2019: Registration Period ends
April 25, 2019: Project Submission Period ends
May 2019: Preselection Committee & Refine Period
June 2019: Jury Selection
October 10, 2019: Awards Ceremony

Independent moderator
An Independent Moderator has been appointed to act amongst the organizer, the jury and the entrants. For any question, please contact Ms. Cristina Castaño


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