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Date: October 1 · 2017

October 1 · 2017


The first edition of this innovative express design competition reached Oman on the 1st October with an outstanding participation of students and young professionals from the architecture and design fields.

The concept that all contestants needed to follow was an answer to their own understanding of luxury, proposing a concept that included new features and functions, usability, installation, technology and materials.

The first prize was for ‘Luxmyrious bathtub’ by Al-Reyan Ansari, obtaining the 600 OMR prize. The jury, made up of: 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; Umair Hyder , Lead Architect RIBA ARB at CPEC Architectural & Engineering Consultancy, and Xavier Torras, Brand Communication Director of Roca; explained about the project “The idea of luxury is beautifully illustrated in the sleekness of the design and the ambiance created”.

The second prize, valued at 400 OMR was for ‘Airy Luxury’, created by Ameer Nouh and Esraa Muhammad, a bath that provides relaxation as if you were on the beach, also reducing the use of water by filtering and recycling it for your next shower.

The third prize was for ‘Smart Bath’, that also won the We Are Water Foundation price in view of the sustainability of the Project. It was created by Siham Jasnak, Jawaher Al Hashim and Uraiba Iqbal. It consisted of a panel that gives you full control before entering the bathroom and pampers you during the entire bath experience.

The competition Roca One Day Design Challenge is another initiative that confirms the brand ́s commitment to the promotion and dissemination of national and international talent in the fields of design and architecture. 

Awarded projects


maryam al balyushi


Maryam Al Balushi

Architect/Proposal Manager at F&M Middle East Engineering Consultancy LLC

Maryam graduated from Kansas State University with a Masters in Architecture, as well as studying abroad for a semester in Centro Studi Città di Orvieto in Italy. Maryam is also an active member of the Oman Society of Engineers and one of the founding members of the Women in Engineering chapter in Oman. She has been involved in various panels including the Global Summer School Muscat Node (iaaC), the Oman Pavillion for Dubai Expo competition, to name a few.

Maryam's design vision is to create spaces that evoke revolutionary ideas, educate budding minds and respect the fragility of our earth. Deeply interested in the practice of design that fuses diverse minds, she seeks mutual respect and openness to idea generation and eventually produces something beautiful and powerful. She is an advocate of design that not only transcends borders and is used as a tool for change, but is also contextually appreciative, innovative and ultimately timeless in nature.



Anthony Coyle

Tony studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and as such his career has been heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and an understanding of the essence of natural materials and their use in traditional and contemporary architecture and interiors.

With over 30 years’ experience of living and working in Oman, Tony has participated in or led the design and construction of numerous major civic buildings throughout the Sultanate and continues to influence the development and interpretation of traditional cultural values, skills and aspirations within the framework of Oman’s rapidly expanding modern society.



Umair Hyder

Lead Architect, RIBA ARB

Umair is an RIBA and ARB accredited architect, who completed his undergraduate studies from London South Bank University and his post-graduate studies from University of East London. Umair has extensive experience in commercial, residential, interior, and retail and regeneration sectors from his years of working in London, Finland and Oman. He is currently the Lead Architect at CPEC Engineering Consultancy in Muscat, Oman and brings with him a wide range of design skills that cross cultural, technological and ideological borders. Umair has a special interest in sustainability matters as well as bridging the gap between modern and traditional aesthetics.



Nadia Maqbool

Director, Architect RIBA ARB.

Graduated from the Glasgow Mackintosh School of Architecture in June 2006 and became the first UK qualified female Omani Architect to achieve the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) accreditation in August 2010. Nadia’s interest in creating sustainable cultural and environmental diversity is reinforced by her curiosity in how culture, memory and sustainability can play a positive interpretative role in architecture. She is a founding member of 23 Degrees North an award winning Omani Chartered Architectural Design Studio, awards received are the National Entrepreneurship Award in 2014 and the National MEED award for best social, cultural and heritage project of the year 2016. 

Nadia has recently graduated from the National CEO Program sponsored by the ICD and delivered by the IMD Switzwrland. The NCP was and continues to be an opportunity to meet and connect with a diverse pool of expert like minded individuals passionate on their shared belief in the magnificent possibility that lays ahead of Oman and its people. 

Xavier Torras


Xavier Torras

Brand Communications Director of Roca and Director of the We Are Water Foundation since its creation in 2010. He has developed his professional career in the fields of marketing, business strategy and communication.