Code-Bothy is an experimental digitally designed brick shelter.
The product of collaborative research by Material Architecture Lab (The Bartlett) and architects Piercy&Company, Code-Bothy merges digital technologies with traditional bricklaying, offering a future vision of opportunity rather than obsolescence for this age-old craft.
Whereas a traditional bothy (bothy = a basic shelter in remote areas) is based on rudimentary geometries, Code-Bothy used parametric modelling to generate a curved form with a complex offset brick structure. Wearing an AR headset displaying information from the 3D model, the bricklayer, often working against intuition, was able to successfully construct the complex form.
This project has been longlisted in the small building category of Dezeen Awards 2021.
Architect: Piercy&Company and Material Architecture Lab