Muscat, 19 September 2018 – The second edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge in Oman will take place at the KR Infra Gala Campus in Muscat on Saturday 29th September 2018. The competition, one of the most thrilling contests in the design sector due to its time-trial nature, is currently expanding internationally, with the aim of becoming a reference point among young designers and architects.
Roca One Day Design Challenge is driven by Roca, a global reference in bathroom products, challenging design and architecture students and young professionals under the age of 30 to create original solutions and innovative concepts related to the bathroom space, in just one day.
The competition will be based, once again, on a theme related to the bathroom space and the participants will have to design a product based on a briefing that will be communicated early in the morning. The participants will need to work against the clock individually or in groups of up to three people. The most important aspects the jury will take into account are the originality, design and usability of the conceived proposals. The contest offers young students and professionals the experience of challenging themselves to produce and develop their most innovative ideas.
The registration period prior to the competition is now open on the website. On the same day, September 29st, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, at KR Infra Gala Campus, those interested can also register in person. After the registration and welcome to all participants, the specific briefing of the concept to be designed will be communicated. From then on, and against the clock, participants can work on their proposals until 5:00 pm. Once the projects have been submitted and the jury has deliberated, an award ceremony will be held from 7:30 pm onwards.
The jury of this second edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge in Oman is made up of renowned professionals from the design and architecture sectors, such as: Mrs. Fareed Al Battashy, Managing Director of Fareeda Al Battashy Interior Decoration & Design; Mrs. Surinaa Triveen, Managing Director of Surpassing Standards International LLC; Mr. Hilal Sabeel Al Balushi, Managing Director and architect of Corduff Oman ,Mr. Masood Raza, Design Director WA ATKINS Oman and Mr. Victor Schoone, Roca Country Manager Middle East.
International expansion and increase in monetary award
The competition has a strong international nature. Born in Spain in 2012, this year the event is in full expansion and has been promoted in five more countries than in 2017:, Brazil, Singapore, Poland and Bulgaria. Portugal, Russia, Oman, United Kingdom and China will host the second edition after the success of last year’s first edition. United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong, where the competition is consolidated, will celebrate their third and fourth edition respectively. In Spain, the seventh edition will take place simultaneously in Madrid and Barcelona.
The first prize winners will receive 600 OMR, the second 400 OMR and the third 200 OMR. In addition, the jury may award an additional prize of 200 OMR from the We Are Water Foundation to the project with a special focus on sustainability.
For more information about the competition, you can check the rules and regulation on the following link:www.onedaydesignchallenge.net
Roca is a company engaged in the design, production and commercialization of products for the bathroom space, as well as ceramic floor and wall tiles for architecture, building and interior design. Its origins date from 1917, when the Roca family started building their first production plant in Gavà (Barcelona). One hundred years after its establishment, the company employs over 23.600 workers and has 78 production plants, with presence in more than 170 markets in the five continents.
About Roca One Day Design Challenge
Roca One Day Design Challenge is a design competition organized by Roca, which is celebrated annually in different cities around the world. Students and professionals of the design and architecture sectors under the age of 30 are challenged to create original and innovative products related to the bathroom space in a single day. With the aim of promoting and providing visibility to young talents, the members of the jury are renowned professionals of each country that assess the originality, creativity and feasibility of the ideas presented in a 9-hour time limit.
The first edition of the competition took place in Spain in 2012, and since then it has expanded. This year the competition will be present in 15 cities in different countries: Katowice (Poland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Lisbon (Portugal), Moscow (Russia), London (United Kingdom), Sao Pablo (Brazil), Shanghai and Beijing (China), Muscat (Oman), Barcelona and Madrid (Spain), Zagreb (Croatia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Singapore and Hong Kong.
About the We Are Water Foundation
The We Are Water Foundation has two key goals. The first one is to promote awareness and encourage debate among the public and organisations on the need to create a new culture for water, to enable the equitable development and sustainable management of the world's water resources. The second goal is to carry out a whole host of actions to counter the negative effects of the lack of adequate water resources. The foundation's fields of activity include involvement in infrastructure, education, health and research, concentrated in the world's most deprived areas.