Wb. Washroom Design Challenge – for practising architects and interior designers
To recognise and encourage fresh and innovative ideas into washroom designing, Washrooms and Beyond, came up with the idea of an all India design contest – the first ever in India to focus only on washroom, in 2017.
The contest initially targeted budding architects and interior designers. Buoyed by the success of inaugural edition, the contest is widened to include more categories and an even more diverse set of contestants.
The third edition of the pan-India Wb. Washroom Design Challenge presented by Hansgrohe India garnered strong interest not only from young and upcoming designers but also from seasoned architects and interior designers. This time around, the design challenge focused on two categories – Wellness Focused Washrooms and Responsible Luxury Washrooms. The zonal round was held digitally along with physical Jury Meets. The Grand Finale was held in Mumbai.
A total of 19 entries from across 4 zones made it to the grand finale and they were judged by a national jury comprising some of the eminent names in the architecture fraternity in India – Hiten Sethi, Founder and CEO, Hiten Sethi & Associates, Navi Mumbai, Reza Kabul, President, ARK Reza Kabul Architects, Mumbai, Shripal Munshi, Founder Principal, Shripal & Venkat Architects, Chennai and Sonali Bhagwati, President, DPA, New Delhi. All the finalists presented their designs on stage to the national jury.
National Winners: In the ‘Wellness Focused Washroom’ category, Pranjal Bafna from Chennai bagged the first prize. The runner up in the category was Kavita Khatry from Jaipur.
In the ‘Responsible Luxury Washroom’ category, Nisha Mathew Ghosh from Bengaluru won the first prize.
The second edition of the design contest did away with the age restriction and expanded the categories to eight – four each sub-category under both built and un-built category. The contest was held across eight zones covering every nook and corner of the country. The zonal events were held in Chandigarh, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru and Chennai where the zonal winners were felicitated. The grand finale was held in Mumbai.
Winners: In the ‘Unbuilt’ category Priyank Shah from Ahmedabad bagged the national first prize in the sub category ‘Washrooms for Public Spaces’. Shashank Pawar representing the Pune zone won the 2nd prize in the sub category ‘Washrooms for affordable housing’. Vinod Anthony Thomas from Delhi and Ojashree Sarda from Pune emerged as the joint 3rd prize winner.
In the category ‘Built’, Amruta Daulatabadkar and Ritesh Totla from Pune, Raja Tukaram Thyagadurgam from Hyderabad and Swapnil Valvatkar from Bengaluru received commendation certificates for their designs.
It was conceived as an all India washroom design competition for architects and interiors designer aged below 40. Focused on two categories ‘Luxury washroom for residences’ and ‘Washrooms for affordable housing’, the zonal felicitation were held in 9 cities across India – Pune, Kochi, Chennai, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, in the month of December. The Grand finale was held in Mumbai in January 2018.
Winners: In the category ‘Luxury Washrooms for Residences’ Mano Kurien Jacob from Kochi bagged the national first prize. Antara Basu from Bengaluru won the 2nd prize and Subhodeep Maji from Kolkata emerged as the 3rd prize winner. <br>
In the category ‘Washrooms for Affordable Housing’, Prajon Nair from Bengaluru was adjudged 2nd. The jury refrained from giving 1st prize.