More than 120participants took on the challenge of redesigning any product in the bathroom in such a way that fulfils the needs of the multigenerational household.
With the aim of promoting creativity amongst young talents in the design and architecture sectors, the competition was held at the PMQ creative space in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong,3rdDecember,2015–From Barcelona, Spanish bath brand Roca had brought to Hong Kong for the first time Roca One Day Design Challenge, a competition aimed at students and young professionals who are starting out in the design and architecture sectors. In this first International edition of Roca One Day Design Challenge held at the PMQ creative space within the framework of the Business of Design Week with Barcelona as the partnering city of BODW 2015, there was a total of126participants in Hong Kong who, in just eight hours, tackled the challenge of designing bathroom products that fulfil the needs of the multigenerational household.
After a long day’s work, the Jury decided to award the top prize to the project Warm Carpet by Ho Yuk Wa, Poon Chun Ip and Wong Ho Yan from Listup innovation Ltd.The Award-winning project–The Warm Carpet –consists of a carpet and mirror surface that recognizes the family members according to the individual member’s footprint and creates a modern bathroom experience with mobile App. “The Warm Carpet is a connection point between all bathroom products, integrating technology with ordinary and unconventional household materials, which makes integration between usual house atmosphere with some innovative device.”, presented by Carlos Velázquez, Corporate Marketing Director from Roca Sanitario, S.A..
The 1st Runner-up prize went to the project Trans-basin by designers Leung Hoi Ki from Panorama and Lam Chi Ngai from CL3 Architects who designed a magnet movable basin.This movable Trans-basin works like a big magnet whose location on the wall can be changed to fulfil the needs of different age groups with flexibility. Lastly, the Jury awarded the 2nd Runner-up prize to project LUMM by Ung Wai Lun, Yuen Fun and Lai Hin Chun from Deft. This project aimed to avoid injury in scalding baths. It consisted of a multi-functional anti-slip grab bar, sensor and showerhead that can display the temperature of the water, adjust water temperature or emit a warning sound if reaching the preset dangerous temperature.
The jury was made up of professionals and representatives from various design-related institution including Xavier Torras, Roca Brand Communication Director; Dr.Edmund Lee, Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre; Anthony Chan, Chairman of Hong Kong Interior Design Association; Andrea Ponti, Founder of Ponti Design Studio Ltd, EisukeTachikawa, Founder of NOSIGNER and Chi Wing Lee, Founder of Milk Design Ltd. The Jury highlighted the quality, innovation and originality of the projects submitted, reflecting the vitality and dynamism of Asian Design Schools.
Carlos Velázquez, Roca’s Corporate Marketing Director, presented the first prize to the winning designers and highlighted that “In line with the Company’s firm commitment to the creation of innovative bathroom spaces, Roca organizes this competition with the aim of supporting young professionals starting out in their careers. Our objective is to provide them with a platform where they can develop their creativity and give them the experience of dealing with the professional world and the company”.
This first International edition in Hong Kong marks the debut of the Roca One Day Design Challenge on the international stage, after the four editions that have been held in Spain. In the latest edition held simultaneously at the Roca Galleries in Madrid and Barcelona in October 2015, a new record was set in terms of participation, with234 projects submitted and more than 450 participants.
Roca is an entirely Spanish-owned company specializing in the design, production and commercialization of products for the bathroom space, ceramic flooring and wall tiling developed for architecture, construction and interior design. The company employs more than 20,000 people. It has 74 production centres and operates in over 135 countries spread across all five continents.
Setting the standard in the definition of bathroom spaces, Roca works with prestigious designers, architects and interior designers, such as Belén y Rafael Moneo, Sir David Chipperfield, Dame ZahaHadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Schmidt &Lackner and Javier Mariscal, among others. Moreover, the company works tirelessly to develop and promote initiatives that help to conserve the environment. Roca’s commitment in this respect is embodied by the constant development of new products designed with a clear focus on saving water.