Composites provide architects with a new pallet of materials which can create unique features in buildings which conventional materials would not be able to provide.

The structural properties of composites, and particularly carbon fibre, allow architects to be more creative in terms of shape, and more adventurous in the use of its unique aesthetic.
The Advantages of Composites in Architecture:

• Stronger and stiffer than metals on a density basis.

• Capable of high operating temperatures.

• High corrosion resistance.

• Tailorable thermal expansion properties (can be compounded to closely match surrounding structures to minimise thermal stress).

• Tuneable energy management characteristics (high energy absorbance or high energy conductivity at designers choice).

• Exceptional formability

• Outstanding durability.
In collaboration with "Block Architecture", and as part of the refurbishment of the Porter Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Codem was responsible for the manufacture and installation of a series of carbon fibre doors.

Each aerofoil profiled door is 7 meters high and 3 meters wide, left in its natural polished carbon finish it provides a stunning entrance to a hall designed to house the contemporary programme of the V&A.