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The 3rd edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge in Oman gathers 100 architecture and design young talents

Muscat, 25th November 2019 – With nearly 100 participants, the project Echo from Abdullah Al Mandhari has won the first prize of the 3rd edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge, celebrated on Saturday 2nd in Muscat, Oman. The competition, which took place at the Khimji Ramdas Infra Ghala Campus in Muscat, poses the challenge to young designers and architects of designing against the clock an innovative proposal for the bathroom space that complies with the description of the briefing revealed early that day.

The concept established as a premise for the participants in Oman this year has been To redesign the basin for bathroom spaces in schools. The design proposals had to foster hygiene and coexistence habits among children, adapt to children of different ages, favor easy cleaning and maintenance, and take into account the high number of users.

Out of all the submitted projects, Echo from Abdullah Al Mandhari from the German University of Technology in Oman,has been the winner, earning the prize of 600 OMR. The project consists of a sensor operated basin which contributes to significant water saving and improves hygiene and which is adjustable in height to adapt to different age groups. The attractive colorful round shaped design makes it fun to use for children. The member of the jury Mrs. Jumana Habib, Country Manager of Ibrahim Jaidah Architects & Engineers highlighted “The jury considered the concept to have innovative and attractive features to favor hygiene while reducing water consumption in schools. The design facilitates awareness among children with regards to water consumption and allows adaptation to different age groups due to the adjustable height¨.

The second prize has been awarded to The Snail by Muzna Al Salmi and Fatma Sulaiman Al Nabhani, students at GUTech, valued at 400 OMR. The member of jury Mr. Omar Nuri, General Manager of SSH highlighted “the design presented a practical solution to handling large volumes at the same time as well as being flexible for the different age groups while raising awareness regarding water consumption¨. The third prize, valued at 200 OMR, has been for Tiltink by Said Al Balushi from Orpic and Mohammed Al Kiyumi from Salikon. Mr. Abdel Fattah Joudi, General Manager of Lines&Visions, highlighted that “this design is highly practical and flexible, allowing for maximum hygiene and water saving”.

The We Are Water prize, valued at 200 OMR, was given to the most sustainable design and has been for The Tree of Life by Zainab Jafri from MAF+Partners. Mrs. Shehla Hussain, Urban Planner & Architect at Norplan A/S, highlighted that “this design encourages the children to learn clean habits by integrating the re-use of water and hygiene in a fun and goal oriented way”.

Loyal to its commitment to innovation and design, Roca organises this competition with the aim of supporting young talents in the early stages of their professional careers. For this reason, Roca started the internationalization of the Roca One Day Design Challenge in 2015, with the aim of providing a platform where they can develop their creativity and gain the experience of being in touch with the professional world.

The competition has a strong international nature. Born in Spain in 2012, Roca One Day Design Challenge is in full expansion and this year 2019 is held in 13 cities in 12 countries all around the world: Argentina, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Poland, Bulgaria, Portugal, Russia, Oman, China United Arab Emirates, and Spain (Madrid and Barcelona).

As a novelty this year, the winners of the first prize of all editions in every country will be invited to participate in a grand finale that will take place in Barcelona from the 20th to the 22nd January 2020.

You can find more information about the competition and the winners in Oman on the website.