The “Best of the Best” award went to Laia Millan’s “Ikigai” project: an intelligent mirror to help people with dementia
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: jumpthegap®, the international design competition organised by Roca in collaboration with the BcD-Barcelona Design Centre, presented the prizes for its tenth edition on Thursday 14 October. During a meeting held at the Roca Barcelona Gallery, the winning projects in the four competition categories (Wellness and Health, [Un]neutral Design, Water and Energy, and Crisis and Emergency) were announced, as well as the winner of the “Best of the Best” award.
This tenth edition of jumpthegap® marks a new stage in the development of Roca’s international design competition. The competition proposes a new look at the future inspired by the cross-cutting challenges set by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the areas of healthcare and hygiene, preservation of the planet, respect for diversity and equal access to technological advances. In this context, the participants presented technologically viable projects, with the added value of innovation and showing diversity, sustainability, timelessness, and adaptability.
With the aim of encompassing all aspects of sustainability related to the bathroom space, the competition has been divided into four categories: Wellness and Health, [Un]neutral Design, Water and Energy, and Crisis and Emergency. In each category, three prizes were awarded, as well as a final “Best of the Best” award for the best project. In total, this tenth edition of jumpthegap® has shared out €17,000 in prize money:
- Well-being and health:
- First prize (€2,000): “P-Kit” by Andre Judiel Parabas (Philippines, Design student at the University of the Philippines – Diliman). Low-cost, biodegradable urine testing kit for use in the bathroom space itself. It can detect symptoms of diseases such as diabetes, urinary infections, urinary tract infections, HIV, malaria or pneumonia.
- Second prize (€500): “Faucepy” by Valentina Masarella (Argentina, University of Buenos Aires). A faucet that integrates aromatherapy and light therapy for both public and domestic bathrooms.
- Third prize (€500): “Squat – The Fitness Machine” by Suman Swarup Prusty (India, Suman Swarup). A solution that enhances the advantages of squat toilets with a finish of maximum comfort and hygiene that makes it look like a fitness machine.
- [Un]neutral design:
- First prize (€2,000): “Ikigai” by Laia Millan Català (Spain, Elisava university in Barcelona). Smart mirror aimed at helping people with early onset dementia. Using facial recognition technology, it suggests a series of daily routines to the user that contribute to delaying and minimising the effects of this pathology. This project has also been selected as “Best of the Best” in this tenth edition of jumpthegap® and has received an additional prize of €5,000.
- Second prize (€500): “Urinals for Visually Impaired” by Hitesh Kumar (India, National Institute of Design). Comprehensive solution for adapting public bathrooms to the needs of the visually impaired.
- Third prize (€500): “Mist brush” by Lukasz Paszkowski (Poland, Lukasz Paszkowski Design). Wet brush with nebuliser and aroma diffuser for the personal hygiene of the elderly and/or people with disabilities.
- Water and energy:
- First prize (€2,000): “Essential water (dual system)” by Jimmy Apollo (Italy). Project to reduce the consumption of water used for washing clothes, based on the use of excess humidity from the washed clothes and the laundry room environment, as well as the recycling of the grey water used in the washing process.
- Second prize (€500): “Intelligent washbasin design with water consumption level signalling” by Kamila Pawlak (Poland, Szczecin Art Academy). Design of a washbasin to reduce water consumption by means of backlit signage.
- Third prize (€500): “Kick” by Anil Choudhary (India, ARCHDUX). Mobile personal hygiene column with the option of integrating a grey water treatment and recycling system.
- Crisis and emergency:
- First prize (€2,000): “Redesign disaster” by Filip Zielinski (Poland, Delft University of Technology). Housing module for African communities with difficulties in accessing water, which integrates a roof with a system for purifying condensed water and rainwater using energy produced by solar panels.
- Second prize (€500): “Rapibath” by Caetano Nascimento Portal (Argentina, UNA – Universidad Nacional de las Artes). Easy to install and maintain modular toilet for immediate response to hygiene and sanitation needs in emergency situations (refugee camps, natural disasters, etc.).
- Third prize (€500): “ELAWASH (Handwashing in Rural Ethiopia)” by Rafal Zajkowski (UK). Handwashing station designed for rural Ethiopia, using local materials (wood, bamboo and steel) and mechanically operated to promote daily hygiene.
Laia Millan Català, winner of the “Best of the Best” award for her project “Ikigai”, thanked Roca for the award and explained that “this project has given me the opportunity of contributing to the visibility of a pathology such as dementia. The mirror is just a tool to help people recover their essence. What is really important are the people who look at it”.
On behalf of the jury, Marc Viardot, Roca Group Corporate Marketing and Design Director, noted that “all the members of the jury agree that we can perceive a change in the style of the projects compared to other editions. The projects presented show how design thinking can help to meet the new challenges of sustainability, in social, economic, and environmental aspects. This new generation is pushing us in a new direction, and we are fully committed to supporting them and facilitating their work.
All the projects submitted were assessed by a jury of renowned professionals, led by Japanese architect and 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban (jury president), and also including Somi Kim, senior director of healthcare solutions at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Design; Paul Priestman, designer, president of PriestmanGoode; Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, founders of the design studio Formafantasma; Deborah Seward, Director of the United Nations Regional Information Centre in Belgium; Mariana Amatullo, President of the Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media; Isabel Roig, Executive Director of BcD Barcelona Design Centre and President of World Design Weeks; and Marc Viardot, Roca Group Corporate Marketing and Design Director.
Since the creation of jumpthegap®, more than 28,600 professionals from 150 countries have participated in the contest. In this tenth edition, 2,165 participants from 102 countries registered and submitted a total of 377 projects.
Hybrid event, attended by the jury and all the finalists
The ceremony was held as a hybrid event (online/on-site), within the framework of Barcelona Design Week’s City Festival.
The chairman of the jury, Shigeru Ban, attended virtually to congratulate the participants and express his appreciation for the high average quality of the entries submitted to the competition: “It has been a unique experience. We have received and analysed a wide variety of proposals, many of them with very advanced prototypes showcasing the quality and talent of the projects submitted. The development from idea to prototype is a key step in order to be able to analyse more clearly the problems and challenges that each project may pose”.
Round table: the contribution of design to sustainable development
The awards ceremony was preceded by a round table discussion with an international panel of experts made up of a selection of members of the jury for this edition of the competition: Andrea Trimarchi, Mariana Amatullo, Somi Kim, Deborah Seward and Isabel Roig.
Under the title “Design, the driving force for a more sustainable future”, the round table discussed the contribution of design to the new challenges of sustainable development.
More information on the winning projects:
- Wellness and Health Category: “P-Kit” by Andre Judiel Parabas (Philippines, Design student at the University of the Philippines – Diliman).
The “P-Kit” is a low-cost urine testing kit, which can be used in the bathroom space itself. The kit has a bag that unfolds to cover the toilet seat and has a space for a plastic canister to collect the sample. After urinating, the user should cover the canister and lay it down. About 60 seconds later, the bottle cap itself shows the results of the test, which can detect symptoms and the presence of diseases such as diabetes, urinary infections, urinary tract infections, HIV, malaria or pneumonia. In this way, the bathroom space is also a room for assessing personal health. All the kit components are made from plant-based bioplastic, making them biodegradable and free of harmful chemicals.
The project contributes to achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 14 (Life Below Water).
- [Un]neutral Design Category: “Ikigai” by Laia Millan Català (Spain, Elisava school in Barcelona).
“Ikigai” is a smart mirror aimed at helping people with early onset dementia to delay and minimise the effects of dementia, both cognitively, psychologically and behaviourally. To do this, it suggests a daily exercise routine, guided by facial recognition technology built into the mirror. The routine is divided into two parts: a morning routine of four exercises that stimulate recognition of the person’s present, memories, tastes, skills and knowledge; and an evening routine of relaxation before bedtime. Activities can be monitored and configured via smartphone.
The project contributes to achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequality), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Land).
- Water and Energy Category: “Essential water (dual system)” by Jimmy Apollo (Italy).
“Essential water” is a project to reduce the consumption of water used for washing clothes, based on the use of excess humidity from the washed clothes and the laundry room environment, as well as the recycling of the grey water used in the washing process. To do this, it integrates a double system: on the one hand, the creation of new water from an atmospheric water generator, and on the other hand, a system for filtering the water used in the washing process. The device has a water tank holding up to 75 litres of water, which would provide enough water for several loads of a washing machine.
The project contributes to achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 13 (Climate Action).
- Crisis and Emergency Category: “Redesign disaster” by Filip Zielinski (Poland, Delft University of Technology).
The “Redesign disaster” project proposes a housing module for African communities with difficulties accessing water, integrating a roof with a system for purifying condensed water and rainwater using energy produced by solar panels. This solution would allow families to become self-sufficient in drinking water and thus improve their personal hygiene and minimise the risk of diseases related to the use of contaminated water. The roof has the capacity to purify 160 litres of water, which would be used mainly for taps and sanitation systems in the house. The design of this module also allows for a more efficient ventilation of the house, respecting the traditional style of the houses in African communities.
The project contributes to achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation)
jumpthegap® is an international design competition promoted by Roca since 2004. It is held every two years in collaboration with the BcD Barcelona Design Centre and its main objective is to offer a platform where architecture and design professionals and students from all over the world can develop and showcase their talent, devising creative solutions for the bathroom space. jumpthegap®‘s look to the new future now integrates the range of challenges posed by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, such as health care and hygiene, preservation of the planet, respect for diversity and equal access to technological advances. To do this the competition challenges new generations of designers and architects to come up with real and innovative solutions for the bathroom space, public or private, with a truly social, inclusive and sustainable approach. The ultimate goal for all applicants is to design a product or service that solves any of the challenges included in the 2030 Agenda, brings added innovation value and is technologically feasible.
Roca is a company dedicated to the design, production and marketing of bathroom products for architecture, construction and interior design. Founded in 1917, it combines tradition and knowledge with a passion for innovation and respect for the environment, with the aim of satisfying people’s needs and contributing to the improved well-being of society.
With sustainability present in all its production processes and with the commitment to preserve a better planet for future generations, Roca has implemented this philosophy in the 170 countries in which it operates and in its 84 factories, and transmits it daily to its more than 24,000 professionals.
The family-owned company is the market leader in Europe, Latin America, India and Russia. It also has a strong presence in China and the rest of Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa. As a result, it is a world leader in its business.
About Barcelona Design Centre (BcD):
Barcelona Design Centre (BcD) is an organisation committed to innovation, creative talent and the promotion of Barcelona design around the world, and is the strategic partner in design to create joint value with companies, entrepreneurs, professionals and organisations.
The centre sees design as a transformative factor for competitiveness, sustainability and a positive impact on society, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030).