aim and theme of the contest

Jumpthegap is an International Design Contest promoted by Roca that is looking for new, innovative and sustainable concepts to the bathroom space.

We understand the innovation concept as the anticipation of users’ new desires and needs, as well as (why not?) the transformation of dreams and desires into reality.

The sustainability is one of the most important principles to take into account when innovating in the bathroom space. In the era we are living, we have to grantee products oriented to the saving of water, energy and resources.

Jumpthegap offers the opportunity to create and design innovative and sustainable solutions for the bathroom and related products. This is the evidence that Roca is betting for the support to the new generations of designers and architects.

Jumpthegap, the Roca International Design Contest is aimed at creative people who think towards the future whilst designing today.

More than 50% of the products that we will use in 10 years have not yet been manufactured, much less designed. So what will they be like?

A large part of those products incorporate concepts and technologies that we may not even be able to imagine today... or maybe we can. Jumpthegap starts from the assumption that young creative people design today whilst thinking about tomorrow; a tomorrow when the limitations of today will not apply and when new needs, architecture, technologies and products will emerge which will help us to improve people’s lives by bringing them more well-being, hygiene and comfort.

These are designs that can bring forth their vision of conceptually innovative and sustainable bathroom products and solutions: new products, new spaces and/or new uses and functions.

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 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 benefits, visible and measurable. Being sustainable must be convenient: it must require little or no effort, and it must be very clear what is the impact of every action. Being sustainable must be profitable: it must make the consumer to save resources (i.e.: money) and it must be measurable.


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.

  • 3. HOMING

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

Homing does not necessarily have to be deployed in the high-end products only, but also in the mainstream segment those that will make them proud of because they will be more visible.


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


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.


The contest is open to applicants from every country in the world that are:

  • Young designers or architects,
  • Design or architecture students.

All participants must be born from 1st January 1978 onwards.

Entries may be individual or from a group of two people.

Each person or group may participate in one project only.

Judges, their families, studios and design teams may not compete. The same applies to members of pre-selection committee.


Registration for the contest is free of charge.

This contest will be available from 13th of September 2012 on the Internet ( and can be accessed through the registration page.

All participants must submit their application to take part in the contest by 13:00 hours (GMT +1) on 31st January 2013.

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

presentation of project

Important note:

Projects must be absolutely anonymous: they cannot contain any names or personal details.

All the texts included in the project must be written in English.

The competing project must be submitted in:

  •  A maximum of 4 files in JPG format with a minimum of 500Kb and a maximum of 1500Kb each on of them. At least, one file is mandatory.
  • A description of the project in English (with a maximum of 3,000 characters). It is mandatory.
  • A video/animation showcasing the design (it is optional, not mandatory) in FLV format, with a maximum size of between 1 and 10 MB.

Requested material for finalists:

The finalists will be asked to send within 48 hours of notification:

  • A JPG, PNG or GIF format copy of their degree, certificate or diploma, or a copy of the school's matriculation document if they are students. In the event of group participation, documents of   both members will be sent.
  • A copy of their passport or National Document of Identity.
  • The original high resolution images/s of the project.
  • A portrait.

Participants certify that the design is their own, original work and that it has never been published before. Designs must not have received any award in, nor have been presented for any other competition at the time that they are entered for the Jumpthegap Contest.

The organizers will not, without the written agreement of the participant, alter or amend in any way, the project submitted.

submission date

The projects must be submitted to the contest website by 13:00 hours (GMT +2) pm on 18th April 2013.

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 -

selection process

Pre-selection committee

In early May 2013, a pre-selection committee made up of representatives of the Roca Innovation Lab will select 30 projects from amongst the entries received, which will be presented to the jury.


The jury will receive a “virtual dossier” with the 30 projects to judge.

The jury is made up of the following professionals:

  • President: Kazuyo Sejima, Architect, Tokyo, Japan
  • Josep Congost, Design Manager of the Roca Innovation Lab, Barcelona, Spain
  • Andrés Jaque, Architect, Madrid, Spain
  • Benjamin Kempton, Interiors Director of Wallpaper*, London, United Kingdom
  • Harri Koskinen, Designer, Helsinki, Finland

 The jury selection will be performed on-line in early June 2013.


A single winning project will be chosen, and will receive a prize of €5,000 during the award ceremony in September/October 2013. No account will be taken of the winner(s)’ tax or other obligations with respect to the prize.

In order to make the result of the contest known to the appropriate public, Roca will present the winning project and the finalist ones in September/October 2013 in one of the cities where Roca has presence.

An ambitious PR campaign will help to promote the winning and finalist projects and their authors.

The author/s of the winning project will be invited to attend the event, and Roca will cover travel and accommodation expenses.

If required, the author/s of the winning project will cooperate with Roca’s Design Department on the manufacture of a possible full-size mock-up or specific material to be used in presenting the project during the award ceremony in 2013.

intellectual and industrial property rights

Participants in the contest guarantee to Roca the originality of their respective proposals and that each of them enjoys the unhindered exercise of the intellectual and property rights over their respective proposals. All intellectual property rights, as well as possible industrial property rights over the projects submitted, belong exclusively to their authors.

Participants are responsible to protect their design submissions by copyright or patent application, prior to submitting them to the competition.

All participants (including the winner/s and finalists) assign to Roca, the rights for copy, reproduction and publication of the projects submitted to the contest, for all countries in the world and for the maximum period permitted by law in each one of such countries for the purpose of promotion in publications of general interest and/or specialized magazines, as well as in the websites, editions and publications of Roca, and/or BCD Barcelona Design Centre, and also in the contest website.

Exceptionally, participants other than the winner/s and finalists who do not wish to publish their work, they must request it in written form to Roca, before 19 July 2013.

The winning participant/s offer Roca an exclusive option to purchase the rights to exploit the industrial property rights over their respective awarded work which shall be exercised within the first anniversary from the date of the awards ceremony. If this period expires without Roca’s having exercised its purchase option, the author/s of the winning project may freely dispose of intellectual and industrial property rights relating to it. In the event that Roca exercises the aforementioned option, the author’s name must always be mentioned in connection with the design. 

In the event that Roca decides to develop the design project for industrial and commercial purposes, Roca shall offer to the author of the project a preemption right to perform such development; should the author not exercise such preemption right, Roca shall be entitled to develop the project itself or to engage the services of a third party to do so.



Key dates 2012-13

  • SEPT'12
  • JAN'13
  • APR'13
  • MAY'13
  • JUN'13
  • SEPT'13
  • OCT'13
Registration period begins 13th September 2012
Registration period ends 31st January 2013
Submission period ends 18 April 2013 at 13:00 hours (GMT+2)
Pre-selection committee early May 2013
communication jury results June 2013
Jury selection early June 2013
Award ceremony
8th October
at the Roca Barcelona Gallery