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The first edition of the One Day Design Challenge by Roca in Oman gathers over200 architecture and design students and young professionals

  • Roca, a world reference in the creation of bathroom spaces, part of the global best brands under KR Infra, conducted its first edition of the express design competition “One Day Design Challenge”
  • Created six years ago and international in nature, this innovative express design competition reaches Oman with an outstanding participation of students and young professionals from this sector.
  • The project “Luxmyrious bathtub” was the winner of the competition.

Oman, 2nd October 2017- With more than 200participants, the project “Luxmyrious bathtub” by Al-Reyan Ansari, has been awarded the first prize of the 1st edition of the One Day Design Challenge by Roca celebrated this Saturday, 30th September at KR Infra Campus, Ghala. The competition was an ideal opportunity for Oman’s best design and architectural minds to prove the ability to work against the clock as well as an innovative proposal for the bathroom space that complies with the description of the briefing revealed at the start of the event.

The concept that all participants in Oman have needed to follow has been an answer to their own understanding of luxury, proposing a concept that includes new features and functions, usability, installation, technology and materials.

This year, the competition reaches Oman with the support of its partner KhimjiRamdas Infrastructure Group. “We always aspire to bring to Oman all that is new in products, technology and service in partnership with world’s leading companies. Roca is a global brand recognized for designing and developing products that are focused on saving water and we are very proud to be representing it. Thanks to our customers, and the innovative products they offer, we are now leaders in the bathroom spaces solutions in Oman.” N.S. Vijaya Kumar, CEO, KR Infrastructure Group, commented on the challenge.

Out of the 76 submitted projects, “Luxmyrious bathtub” by Al-Reyan Ansari has been the winner, obtaining the 600 OMR prize. “The idea of luxury is illustrated beautifully in the sleekness of the design and the ambiance created” explained Maryam Al Balushi, Architect/Proposal Manager at F&M Middle East Engineering Consultancy LLC (AIA) and member of the jury.

The jury, made up by Anthony Coyle, Dip.Arch (Mack); Nadia Maqbool, Architect RIBA ARB, Director at 23 Degrees North; Maryam Al Balushi, Architect/Proposal Manager at F&M Middle East Engineering Consultancy LLC; UmairHyder, Lead Architect RIBA ARB at CPEC Architectural &Engineering Consultancy, and Xavier Torras, Brand Communication Director  of Roca, awarded the second and third prizes to “The Air Luxury” by Ameer Nauh and Esraa Muhammedand“ Smart Bath”by SihamJasnak, Jawahar Al-hasim and Uraiba Iqbal respectively, worth 400 OMR and 200 OMR. The We Are Water Foundation has also presented a special 200 OMR award to the project that has stood out in its commitment to sustainability, in this case the winner has also been“Smart Bath”.

Loyal to its commitment to innovation and design, Roca, a world leader in the creation of bathroom spaces,organises this competitionwith the aim of supporting young talents in their early careers.

“We truly believe in the importance of creating different platforms to help students and young professionals to develop their creativity, as they represent the future” said Xavier Torras, Roca Brand Communication Director.

For this reason, Roca started the internationalisation of the One Day Design Challenge by Rocain 2015, with the aim of providing this platform and to offer participants the experience of getting in contact with the professional world.

During 2017, the competition expanded to three more countries: Portugal, Russia and United Kingdom. Dubai will host the 2nd edition and in China, the 3rd edition will take place in Hong Kong and the first one in Shanghai. Thus, the One Day Design Challenge by Rocawill be present in seven countries this year.

You may find more information on the competition and the Oman