Beyond beauty and functionality, is there anything we might be missing with regards to the bathroom industry? That’s what Spanish bathware brand Roca is intent on asking, and the eight edition of their jumpthegap® design competition is the place to do so.

The biennial competition is a platform where international architecture students and professionals under the age of 40 can showcase their perspectives. Our cover image, for example, features last year's winner: Iranian designer Mohammadreza Shahmohammadi's Panacea. The seven previous editions have attracted more than 20,000 participants from 134 countries, with innovative proposals on how the bathroom space of the future can be more sustainable – and registration is now open for the young designers and architects who want to follow their footsteps.

To announce the start of this cycle, Roca held a presentation at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in the Russian capital. The key names? Along with lifelong collaborator BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny, represented by general director Isabel Roig, this edition’s judges include Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake and Emilio Cabrero, the director of the Design Week in Mexico. The panel also features Turkish curator Murat Tabanlıoğlu, Russian architect Boris Voskoboynikov and Italian architect and engineer Carlo Ratti. Roca’s voice will be represented by Josep Congost, the director of its own Design Centre.

And for those proposals that excel in terms of sustainable thinking, the We Are Water Foundation award will be selected by the institution's director, Xavier Torras, along with Deborah Seward, the director of the United Nations Information Centre and Low Cheaw Hwei, head of design for Philips in Asia.

Visitors got a taste of what’s to come through a portable version of the Next Bath Experience exhibition, previously held in full scale at the Disseny Hub Museum in Barcelona. The setup collected five topics explored in the submitted projects from the seven previous editions of jumpthegap, from the utant and the metabolic bathroom to its hybrid, biomorphic and cocoon counterparts. 

For those students and professionals with a strong idea of what the bathroom space of the future will look like, registrations are open here.

The registration period closes on March 27; the submission period will be open until April 25. The jury will make its selection in June and the winner will be announced on October 10.