International design contest jumpthegap launches with inspiring talk

jumpthegap 5th edition

Encouraging young designers and architects to create and design innovative, sustainable solutions for the bathroom, the sixth edition of the international design contest jumpthegap, organised by Roca and the Barcelona Design Centre (BCD), is being launched at the Roca London Gallery with a presentation from the contest’s UK judge Tom Dyckhoff.

An ideal platform for new generations to show their talent and visions for the bathroom of the future, jumpthegap is aimed at young professionals and students of architecture and design under 35.

In order to promote the excellence and talent among budding designers, jumpthegap offers three prizes: two winning projects and one Special Sustainability Prize, which is presented by the Roca We Are Water Foundation. With sustainability being one of the most important principles of bathroom design and integral to the Roca philosophy, the We Are Water Foundation would like to recognise works that support their objective to create a new culture for water.

Since the very beginning, jumpthegap, has worked with a jury of prestigious architects and designers and this edition is no different. The 2014 jury includes:

  • Ma Yansong (China), Founding principal of MAD Architects, Beijing
  • Marcelo Rosenbaum (Brazil),  Designer  and  Director  of  the  design  and innovation office Rosenbaum
  • Tom Dyckhoff (United Kingdom), Journalist and Architecture Critic, currently presenting The Great Interior Design Challenge on BBC2
  • Guta Moura (Portugal), Co-founder of Experimenta and Director of EXD Biennale
  • Josep Congost (Spain), Design Director at the Roca Design Centre & Innovation Lab
  • Rafael de  La-Hoz (Spain),  Patron  of  the  Contemporary  Architecture Foundation
  • Isabel Roig (Spain), Managing Director of BCD (Barcelona Design Centre) and President of BEDA (Bureau of European Design Associations).

For further information and details about how to enter visit

jumpthegap event:  ‘Home of the Future’ talk with Tom Dyckhoff 27th November, Roca London Gallery

Tom Dyckhoff
Tom Dyckhoff

jumpthegap judge Tom Dyckhoff will mark the official launch of the contest with a special event at the Roca London Gallery on Thursday 27 November.

The architecture critic and broadcaster, currently presenting The Great Interior Design Challenge on BBC2, will discuss the ‘Home of the Future’ sharing his views on how we will live in the future, considering how new technologies, the need for sustainability and emerging trends will shape our homes.

Thursday 27 November 18.30 – 20.30. To RSVP to the free event visit

Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Road, London, SW6 2PY

T: 020 7610 9503 E:

For more information on jumpthegap visit or on Facebook at   

About Roca

Roca is a company specializing in the design, production and marketing of products for bathroom spaces as well as ceramic floorings and wall coverings used in architecture, construction and interior design. The firm has more than 20,600 employees and 76 production plants and is present in more than 135 countries around the world.

Roca, world leader in the definition of bathroom spaces, collaborates with highly prestigious designers, architects and interior designers such as R. Moneo, D. Chipperfield, Z. Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Schmidt & Lackner, and J. Mariscal, among others. Additionally, it works incessantly to develop and promote initiatives that aid environmental conservation. Roca’s commitment has led to ongoing developments in new products focused on water conservation.

About Roca Galleries

Roca Galleries are part of Roca’s international strategy and a concept that expresses present-day realities and future challenges. Design, innovation, sustainability and well-being are Roca values expressed in the Galleries, which also convey the desire of the leading bathroom brand to maintain an ongoing dialogue with society and most particularly with professionals who share an interest and enthusiasm in shaping the future of bathroom spaces.

The various Roca Galleries are a vehicle, offering a meeting place and area for open dialogue among interior decorators, designers and architects worldwide. Zaha Hadid Architects in London, Francesc Rifé Studio in Shanghai, the OAB architectural studio of Borja, Lucía and Carlos Ferrater in Barcelona, the Lamela Architectural Study in Madrid, and the Ferruz Decoradors studio in Lisbon have caught this vision in premises that combine aesthetic beauty with an expression of the brand values.


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