nova skola chyne

In Collaboration with Of Possible Architectures and Architects of Record Boyarsky Murphy Architects
Project Leaders: Vincent Appel (Of Possible Architectures) & Andrew Weigand.
Project Team: Tanawat Vichaiwatanapanich, Ye Zhang, Mario Mohan, Xiao Chen

Submitted for an international competition for a primary school and community center in the town of Chýne, CZ, the school creates a new community center at the edge of a rapidly suburbanizing town. The building and landscape suggest a different approach to the future growth of the town in between suburban thinness and urban density.

A seamless site plan amplifies Chýne’s landscape and recreational infrastructure. The building is positioned to create an urban edge and a civic enclave: it defines a public plaza to the south, while a deep entry creates a sheltered gateway to its own internal landscape containing terraces, outdoor classrooms, and sports facilities for community use in the courtyard to the north. The result is an architecture with common and discrete identities presented to those inhabiting it as a school or as a civic space. The shape is a compact bar that maximizes outdoor space while providing a narrow building footprint. It is oriented for daylight and passive solar heat gain. Special studies classrooms are embedded in the peak of the roof, minimizing the surface area of the upper level for improved energy performance while creating a profile that echoes the surrounding homes.

The sectional organization of the building allows all classrooms to be placed in two wings on the upper floors, with a common lobby on the ground and second levels. This two story lobby divides the building between primary and secondary students. All public functions such as gyms, cafeteria, and auditorium are located on the lower floors. This allows for non-school use throughout the day or after hours, while maintaining a calm and secure environment. Large outdoor ramps and a grand, central stair create social areas that link the multiple levels, allowing for interaction between the different student age groups, while public amenities on the ground floor offer flexibility for different non-school uses over time.

atelier hibou

An ongoing project for Hibou Centre d'Art Contemporain , an art center in Le Rôty, Gibourne, France. The project consists of four new, 15 sqm houses for visiting artists and the renovation of a series of existing stone farm buildings into art and performance venues. Currently in the schematic design phase, the project will be phased over several years as the program develops.


kinder gallery

A penthouse office and gallery for kinderMODERN and kinderGROUND , sister companies focused on design for children.



Winner of the UPSTATE Urban Rest Stop Competition, Parting activated Forman Park, in Syracuse, NY with series of translucent curtains, suspended on cables.These curtains were manipulated by visitors to create urban rooms, shaped by artists to form backdrops for interventions, and served as screens for documentaries, and projections. The parting of the curtains has symbolic meaning as well - as individuals pass through the layers of fabric, they reopen connections between neighborhoods and create new ones with their participation in arts and educational activities beneath the highway - once an obstruction to those very activities.

Parting is infrastructure designed to support cultural activities from conversation to performance to education, allowing itself to be shaped or projected on by the needs of the populace. Rather than an imposing permanent elements that affect the landscape, the form of our intervention is made, remade and eventually re-used by visitors at future sites throughout the city.


urban accordion

Our present city is overrun by private buildings, limiting access to public space. Urban Accordion is a microcosm of an alternate urban condition: a City of Dreams. Four fabric "blocks" expand and contract, creating different levels of enclosure to suit a range of programming, while the space contained by the structures forms a larger communal area for events and chance encounters between the juxtaposed programs.The Urban Accordion is a new urban condition: a flexible assembly for serendipity and public events that fluctuates to meet users demands.


flip house queens

In collaboration with a Bulgarian Collective of artists, Flip House Queens was a social sculpture on display as part of the 2013 Queens Museum International. The social sculpture, constructed with waste building materials gathered during the museum's renovation, was acted on by five artists, whom activated each side of the cube form.


mtn mtn

Our submission to Folly 2014, MTN MTN played upon the composition techniques of landscape gardens and landscape painters by proposing a 3 dimensional folly rendered from individual, flattened contour drawings. The structure would be made from whitewashed plywood, further simulating both painterly techniques and natural form, and would create a shaded interior "cave" to match the mountainous exterior.





afoam LLC is an international team of 11 young designers, thinkers, and friends, based in New York.

Afoam is a vehicle to pursue experimental projects outside the realm of commercial practice. We often collaborate with other designers and artists, operating on and across the boundaries of architecture, art, user experience, graphic design, and urbanism. We believe in a process of critical naiveté, bringing a mindset that questions each problem anew, attempting to bar preconceptions from the process of how we approach a given project. We create exchange, debate, conversation in and about parties, buildings, events, data visualization, and web sites; we work in whatever medium is appropriate. We enjoy working with communities and end-users closely, to create new ideas, objects, and experiences to bring people together.

The team’s genesis was a multi-year social sculpture project, 601 Tully, in Syracuse, NY, starting in 2009. As students, we designed and fabricated a community space for arts, education, and literacy in Syracuse’s Near West Side. Current projects range from an artist-in-residency on a farm in Bordeaux, France to UX design for a tech start up in San Fransisco.

Recent realized projects include Parting, an installation selected as the winner of the Urban Rest Stop Competition and completed in Syracuse, New York in August 2014; and Kinder Gallery, an office and furniture showroom for Kinder GROUND and Kinder MODERN. In the fall of 2013, we designed and built Flip House Queens at the Queens Museum for an artist group, the Bulgarian Collaborative. Earlier in 2013, we were finalists in the Figment Summer Pavilion for Governors Island Competition, with our proposal, Urban Accordion. For additional images and information on select projects, see our Press Archive .

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