We’re a South East London based small space design practice making bespoke / modular / creative small builds and interiors, as well as the on or off grid systems that go alongside them and a few spin off projects.
Myself (Mark) and David, the co-founders of Project-2020, come together from very different sides of design, covering aspects from mechanical to conceptual but we unite under our socially and environmentally focused values and try to build our spaces in progressive ways with these values at the forefront of every consideration.
We carry out much of our work at our fully equipped workshop and studio space in Deptford, London before it goes to site. We use our workshop space not only to achieve a high level of finish but also to test new building and off-grid techniques, for making models and improving our efficiency in general.
Please get in touch if you have a project you’d like to discuss with us!
This modular cabin was built to alleviate the owner from high London rental costs. It is constructed from prefabricated 8'x4' panels which can be quickly bolted together to provide a small and warm stand alone multi-use living space whilst allowing it to be moved easily. Each panel of the cube shaped cabin is filled with high quality rockwool insulation, including the floor + ceiling, allowing for maximum heat retention.
The flat roof is topped with a EPDM rubber, completely sealing it from rainfall. The 'feet' on which it stands are cast from concrete, molded into Ikea bins. A threaded rod is cast into this, allowing the feet to be quickly bolted to the base. The door is a single panel mounted on hinges and can be fully opened to allow the occupant to enjoy the environment in which it is situated.
A tar based finish is then covered by hung cladding. The cladding is made from end-of- life scaffold boards, and the sides coated in multiple shades of protective stain that match colours from its surrounding area to help it blend in.
The cabin adheres to planning regulations, being classed as both a temporary structure and a caravan - allowing permanent dwelling without the need to apply for planning permission. It is also able to be transported in as small a vehicle as a a medium wheel base transit van.
This small bathroom was an interesting challenge, to bring the most out of it while keeping it as functional as possible. The sink plinth is CNC cut and assembled in a way that celebrates the plywood grain, finished with a light-hearted yellow coloured laminate, which is echoed throughout the rest of the bathroom. The neutral grey flooring and steel conduit lend a slight industrial styling which works well with the exposed plywood and copper piping. We've added extra and specific storage wherever possible and fitted out furniture into the angles and lengths of wall to maximise space.
Birch ply wardrobe built to accomodate suit jackets in the bottom cupboard, with a full sized rail behind the large vertically rising door using gas struts. The counterpart drop leaf desk opposite features tilting bin style containers underneath which can be easily accessed without having to open large doors.
The clients requested a style that lent itself towards repurposing and a gentle industrial aesthetic. The sink plinth was modified from a vintage drinks trolley and the shower tray a repurposed agricultral feed container. We used rubber flooring cut to fit the shelving to provide a hygenic, easy to wipe surface. The asymetrical triangular shapes reflect the light shimmering on the water surrounding the vessel they are inside of.
The compost toilet was shrouded on request and finished in the same subway tiling so that it fit more seamlessly into the room. The liquids tank was fit with a custom level sensor to alert the users when it need to be emptied, with a inset LED bulb.
Around a seperator with a ultra stain resistant surface we created basic but sealed box structure whilst focusing predominantly on functionality.
Below the seperator we used universal solids and liquids tanks, next to which we created a compartment for storage of full (composting) tanks. Both the toilet and the adjacent compartment are vented through the same passive air vent. All opening sections have seals applied alongside compressing latches to ensure odour is eradicated. The top section is laminated to give a durable wipe clean surface. An efficient waste setup like this can make living or staying off grid stress free and simple.
We often carry out solar installation to provide off grid power which allows boats, vehicles and buildings to step away from services locations. This allows boats to be free cruising + cabins to be built in very remote locations whilst retaining the necessity of reliable power.
We normally use ex solar farm panels with efficient setups to make the most of the suns power. As well as creating systems for off grid electricity we have all the neccessary knowledge and equipment to make off grid living have little compromise for water, heating, and dealing with waste.
In collaboration with Ben Bill we designed a small scale working prototype as a test for a larger irrigation system for a living growing wall in the Områdefornyelsen Nørrebro community space in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The simple system relies on a pronged moisture sensor pushed into the plants soil to tell a microcontroller when to activate a pump that waters the plant, a very simple algorithm. However, still using a version of this simple algorithm the system could be up scaled to maintain full gardens and greenhouses full of plants with variable care requirements.
Please see the Instructables page for how to replicate this system here
This lamp combines and blurs natural and artificial by replicating the outside sky inside its clear dome.
The lamp takes readings of light intensity and cloud cover in the sky from a small roof sensor and portrays these readings as matching light levels emitted from a bulb and artificial smoke to mimic cloud cover. All this happens in real time.
We hoped to build a sensor network so the lamp could represent locations far away but we haven’t yet had the time.
The Trojan Brewery was a project run alongside the science museum for an event idea based around pollution in our city (but using beer to get people interested in talking about it).
We created a brewing machine that takes data from London’s network of pollution sensors (LAQN) and automatically correlates this data with the ingredients, processes, and timings involved in brewing beer. The result is beer that has a flavour directly linked to the levels of pollution and the climate in a specific location.
For example, levels of PM2.5* would change the amount of time the hops brew for. So high levels of PM2.5 would mean a much more bitter tasting beer. Different sensor locations can be selected on the devices control panel before pressing the big red ‘brew’ button.
* a highly dangerous type of particle for both our health and the environment that predominantly comes from the exhausts of diesel vehicles.
Working in collaboration with artist + creative technologist Kasia Molga and Future Everything for Taipei Arts Festival we engineered an immersive piece of Kasia's conceptualisation whereby glowing lines danced in sync with an input of strength, rapidity + heart rate from exhibition visitors.
Using various sensors connected to a micro controller we were able to input data from the speed a crank handle span + the heart rate of the user spinning it. This data fed into servos, DC motors, + actuators causing an array of neon cables to light up and dance as well as causing variable friction in the crank. This meant for a strong visual and physical depth into the piece.
Read more about the installation here.