The seventh edition of the international design competition jumpthegap, organised by Roca together with BCD Barcelona Design Centre, has held its annual award ceremony on 17 October 2017 at the Disseny Hub Barcelona, Spain. Created in 2004 with the goal of supporting young architects and designers, jumpthegap is aimed at students and professionals under the age of 35 and is divided into two main categories: professional and students. The Special Sustainability Award has been awarded since 2015, presented by the We Are Water Foundation.
The winning projects in the three categories are:
- Professional: ‘Panacea’ (Mohammadreza Shahmohammadi, Iran): bath manufactured in elastic material that may be adapted to any space.
- Student: ‘Lambda’ (Denis Lara Molina, Spain): sterilizer that cleans the hands of the users by means of a short wave frequency light, without the need of using water.
- Special Sustainability Award: ‘Delta’ (Michal Hondo and Kinga Grzybowska, Poland). Shower with extendible screens integrating a dehumidifier that transforms steam into water.
Professionals from the fields of design and architecture, from countries such as Iran,Turkey, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Poland and Portugal, attended the event. Among them, the members of the jury Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects and president of the jury; Isabel Roig, general director of BCD Barcelona Design Centre; Benedetta Tagliabue, director of EMBT and the Enric Miralles Foundation; Josep Congost, design and innovation director at Roca; Valentin Vodev, founder of the company VELLO, specialising in the manufacturing and sale of bicycles and other innovative mobility products; and Xavier Torras, communication and brand director at Roca and director of the We Are Water Foundation.
At the start of the event, Patrik Schumacher, one of the most renowned architects worldwide, with over 30 years of experience in the architectural firm Zaha Hadid Architects, gave a ‘jumpthegap talk’ titled ‘Tectonism. Engineering and Fabrication Logics as Stylistic Drivers’, during which he shared his views on the current situation and the future prospects of design and architecture. The ‘jumpthegap talks’ are meetings with renowned professionals in the field of design and architecture, which take place in differente cities around the world within the international framework of jumpthegap.