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The international design competition jumpthegap® recognizes the most innovative and sustainable projects for the bathroom of the future

November 11, 2019
  • Ruy Ohtake, president of the jury, gave a jumpthegap® (talk) on the relationship of architecture and design in his projects.

  • With over 5,000 registered participants from 137 countries, jumpthegap® consolidates as one of the most internationally renowned design competitions. 

The eighth edition of the international design competition jumpthegap® held its awards ceremony at the Disseny Hub Barcelona. More than 25,500 people have participated in the contest since its creation and this eighth edition has had 5,000 registered participants, with the submission of 725 projects from 137 countries.

The awards ceremony of the eighth edition brought together the finalists in the competition −from Colombia, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, Portugal, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, 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 Centro de Diseño; Josep Congost, director of Design and Innovation at Roca; Dorota Koziara, designer, artist and curator; Boris Voskoboynikov, head 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, Chief of Design of Philips in Asia and Head of Governance and Public Affairs at Philips; and Deborah Seward, Director of the United Nations Information Center.

At the ceremony, the three winners were announced from among the 12 finalists, four for each category. The award winners of the 8th edition of the international design competition jumpthegap® have been:


Professional category: 

    • Project ‘Morpho’. A modular floor made of elastic sheets by the Colombian engineer, Eduardo Cárdenas (University EAFIT, Medellin).

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


Student Category:

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

Dorota Koziara valued: “its eco-friendly nature, its aesthetic function and its relaxation concept, very valuable in our stressful world.” Ruy Ohtake, Isabel Roig, Boris Voskoboynikov, Dorota Koziara and Josep Congost presented the award of 10,000€ to the young student. 


Special We Are Water Foundation Prize to the most sustainable project:

    • Project ‘Tik-Tap’. A shower-head by Soyeon Lee, 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 highlighted this project “for its capacity to raise awareness of the value of water for life.”  Deborah Seward, Low Cheaw Hwei and Xavier Torras, presented the award of 6,000€ to both designers. 

The event started with the jumpthegap®(talk): “The design in Ruy Ohtake’s architecture” given by the president of the jury Ruy Ohtake, award-winning Brazilian architect with over 300 projects in Brazil and abroad and recognitions such as: Gold Necklace 2007 of the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil, Senior Fellow of the Facultad de Arquitectura de Santos and Honorary Professor of the Universidad Braz Cubas, as well as being one of the architects invited to the 20th Conference of the International Union of Architects held in Beijing in 1999.