WE ARE A SERIOUS STUDIO FOR
PLAYFUL ARCHITECTURE



focussing on human behaviour and social and physical interaction with the designed environment


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26 June 2014
Multifunctional urban landscape opened at Open ZoHo
Our temporary installation for ZigZagCity is relocated to and redesigned to be permanently placed in the vibrant ZomerHofKwartier in Rotterdam Noord, supporting the public space in front of cinema Kriterion. We're excited to see this abstract urban landscape perform in real life, without the framework of the architecture festival! See the design in its original form on the ZitZatCity projectpage.



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29 May - 09 june 2014
Come see the city from our skaters' and architects' perspective at ZigZagCity festival!
LAGADO architects curated a special route through the Laurenskwartier in Rotterdam, focussing on this piece of urban fabric through the eyes of a skater and translating this vision into design suggestions to activate and stimulate the public space. One of these suggestions, named "ZitZatCity" [fed up with just sitting], will be built: a playful landscape that challenges the conventional mono functional benches at the site and invites its users to sit, relax, skate, play and see the hidden qualities of this leftover space. Our routemap "Through the eyes of a skater/architect" will be available at ZigZagTravel from May 29.



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24 May 2014
LAGADO architects featured in NRC in article about playing in the city!
The article frames the position of ZigZagCity festival which is to make you look at the city from a different perspective. Just like us, with our skate-architect's perspective:

"Skaters don't look up but they look down, to the ground. Because even the ground is something you can play with. Just like kids jumping over the white parts of a zebra crossing. Just because it is fun..."



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13 May 2014
LAGADO Architects speaks on symposium 'De Energieke Stad'
We are excited to be part of the 'Experiments' session at urbanism symposium 'De Energieke Stad', where we will give a serious insight in our playful projects for the city by participating in a discussion with contributions by us, Stichting Tussentuin, Ruimtelab and Optrek Brinckhorst, moderated by Non-Fiction.
Click the image for more info and the whole program on the website of Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.



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13 february 2014
Interior works on the way
We got sent some pictures from the work in progress for the house in Greece.
Currently, the interior walls are being made and the brickwork of the facade is almost done so the interior spaces finally get into shape!



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31 january 2014
Tribute to an avenue for Parfum de BoemBoem
We got asked to give our point of view on the importance of informal use of public space from a skaters' and architects' position in a tribute to the Coolsingel as an avenue, hosted by Parfum de BoemBoem.




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16 january 2014
Critical opinion about skatepark Westblaak process by Tijs Niessen
An interesting article about the difficult process and our collaborative initiative and vision for a new integrated skatepark Westblaak. Click the link for the article, click here to see our Public Domain project page with our collaborative proposal for a skatepark as a public space.




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19 december 2013
Merry Christmas and a playful 2014!
We can't wait for the realization of the house in Greece and more playful projects in 2014!




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12 december 2013
Rotterdam, Koolhaas and skateboards
Sander Woertman wrote a blog on de Architect about skateboarding and Rotterdam, mentioning our skatepool initiative and our research project GoSidewalkSurfing!




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01 december 2013
Interview in ArchitectuurNL magazine!
We have our first interview in a 'physical' architecture magazine! ArchitectuurNL devotes 6 pages to our work and fascinations: playful architecture, informal use of space and clear geometry as a basis for our work. Interview by Jeroen Junte.



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18 november 2013
Interview on Vers Beton
Vers Beton and R'damse Nieuwe initiated a series of interviews with young Rotterdam based businesses and entrepreneurs. We are featured in their second interview! Go to the Vers Beton website to read the full article or click the image.



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15 november 2013
We have our own day next year!
Save the date... 29 december 2014 is LAGADO's day in the Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender 2014!



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05 november 2013
Highest point reached in Greece!
Stin ygeia mas/Cheers/Proost! Let's drink to the topping out of the construction of our atelier house in Greece. We can't wait to see the spaces come alive when the walls and windows will be made. Go to the Thalassa project page to see the updated construction animation.



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05 october 2013
Rotterdam Pooligans Skate Contest was a big success!
Making space for skateboarding is not enough. You've got to make the culture too. We've teamed up again with our friends from Rotterdam Pooligans and Dufarge and organised the second edition of the infamous Pooligans pool contest in our Heemraadspool. Photo by Ruud de Jong.



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02 october 2013
Sketch design skatepark Westblaak Rotterdam finished
The new sketch design has been presented to the public. We have worked together with Janne Saario Landscape Architecture, Maurer United, MUS Urban Strategies, Suboffice, 75B and skaters. The design process was led by The New Institute.

Read more on the websites of De Architect and Archined.



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15 september 2013
Skatespotting Tour for Parfum de BoemBoem
Sunday september 15 we organise a 'Skatespotting' tour for Parfum de BoemBoem as part of the opening of the cultural season in Rotterdam. The tour is based on our research project 'GoSidewalkSurfing: public space for skateboarding'.
Guides, who skate themselves, show you some 'spots' that were designed specifically for skating, some that were 'skatestopped' and some that happened to be perfect, without the designer knowing it. Experts give insights and a band will play to the rhythm of skaters in our Pool! Register at the Parfum de BoemBoem website.



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14 september 2013
Rotterdam Pooligans Skate Contest
We are back after the successful openings Poolparty with a second edition: the Rotterdam Pooligans Skate Contest. In the morning, kids can register and compete, the real Pooligans can skate in the afternoon. For more info: www.pooligans.nl and Pooligans Facebook.



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30 august 2013
Westblaak II sketch design phase 1 finished
We have wrapped up the intense sketch design project for a new skatepark Westblaak. Newspaper 'Het Algemeen Dagblad' wrote an article about the kickoff of this interesting process.



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22 august 2013
Easehouse on Dezeen, Inhabitat and Morfae
We've made it to the infamous toilets section on Dezeen!
Inhabitat rebranded our humble building as an 'outhouse with a view'.
And Morfae added our geometric building to their collection of interesting shapes. Click the images to read the original articles.



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15 august 2013
Working on a new design for skatepark Westblaak
LAGADO architects is working on a new design for skatepark Westblaak, together with an international team of experts: Tony Bracali, Søren Nordal Enevoldsen, Janne Saario, Maurer United Architects, Marcel Musch, Roel Fritz and 75B. We started with an inspiring 2 day sketch workshop and lectures and now we will further develop the design, in close collaboration with the local skate communities. The design track is hosted by The New Institute.

We are excited to be able to work on another skatepark in our own city of Rotterdam!
FunX radio made a report about the kickoff event. Listen here.



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18 july 2013
Meanwhile, in Greece...
The concrete construction of our atelier house project is well underway.
Visit the Thalassa project page to see the design and building process.



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03 july 2013
Final presentation PLUG RDAM
We proposed not to build but to create a public space on a former expedition court for our PLUG RDAM research project for the Sint Janstraat in a public event, hosted by Architecture Institute Rotterdam [Air].
Harm Tilman wrote a blog about the event on the website of De Architect. Go to our PLUG Sint Janstraat project page.



22 june 2013
Victor gives an 'architectour' in Rotterdam for Bogue webtv
Rotterdam Archiguides was contacted by Bogue for a special tour through the city centre, hosted by Victor.



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21 june 2013
Collective installation at 30Kuub gallery
We were asked by Piet Vollaard and Air Foundation to make a collective spatial installation for the 30Kuub gallery in concept store Groos in the Schieblock in Rotterdam. The installation is divided in four segments, we took care of the front part. The installation is part of the Day of Architecture programme, so you can check it out this weekend or find us there somewhere in the next weeks.



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07 june 2013
Atelier house in Greece under construction!!
The building process of our atelier house in Chalkidiki, Greece, has begun.
Groundworks are finished, next week the first concrete will be cast.
To be continued...



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31 may 2013
Westblaak budget tripled due to our unsolicited design and campaign!
The budget for the new skatepark has been raised from a disappointing 300.000,- to a serious 900.000,-! Our alternative design vision demonstrates the fact that skateboarding has evolved as a sport and that its terrain should evolve as well. This made the municipality of Rotterdam realise that reusing a twelve year old design is not the way to go forward and that the starting points for the initial design could not generate a good project. We are currently in a dialogue with the New Institute for the curation of the project ahead. Go to the project here.



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15 may 2013
Easehouse, public toilets for SingelDingen, opened in the Heemraadspark
Located in the playground at the other end of the park of our skatepool. These public toilets are designed for the needs of children and adults, providing an authentic outdoor public private moment in an eccentric little building.
Visit the easehouse project page.



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30 april 2013
Building permit granted for our Greek house!
One of our first projects ever can finally be realized, a house for a DJ / artist couple in Agios Mammas, Greece. We've altered the design several times over the last years and now finally the building permit is granted. We will fly there tomorrow to seal the deal!



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29 april 2013
Dometent design
We have designed a custom geometric pattern for a dome tent for CLC Studio, to be used for presentations, workshops and events. It is based on a standard frame by Creative Structures. The tent fabric will be custom manufactured at a sailmaker the coming month.



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22 april 2013
Easehouse under construction
The public toilets we have designed for Stichting SingelDingen are currently being made by HuisHoutMaakt so they will be ready for the opening of the new SingelDingen season, may 15th.



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19 april 2013
Startup grant issued for research skateboarding and public space
Creative Industries Fund NL issued a startup grant for our self initiated research project 'Sidewalk Surfing: public space for skateboarding'. We will investigate, together with several experts, the urban, architectural and sociological aspects of skateboarding related to public space. Get inspired with a video we made in Los Angeles on the project page.



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5 april 2013
Skatepool featured in article about Air Startup in Haacs#4
We got mentioned and featured with an image in an interview with Air Startup editor Mijntje Vervoort. Read the article and whole magazine on the Haacs website.



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15 march 2013
Quoted in an article by Astrid Aarsen in De Architect
This one slipped our attention, but we were quoted in an opinion article in magazine 'De Architect' in November 2012 about self initiating projects. In Dutch:

'Het idee dat de overheid samen met grote marktpartijen bepaalt wat er moet gebeuren, heeft plaatsgemaakt voor actieve burgers en architecten die zelf met plannen en initiatieven komen. Dit idee past veel beter bij mijn persoonlijke belevingswereld en interesse dan de oude, top-downbenadering, omdat ik zo het idee heb dat ik als jongere op mijn eigen manier iets voor elkaar kan krijgen zoals de skatepool aan de Heemraadssingel, die er van hogerhand natuurlijk nooit was gekomen.'

Old news, but still relevant since we're trying to develop a bottom-up initiative for our Plug Rotterdam design at the Sint Jansstraat.



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15 february 2013
Unsollicited design Westblaak II finished
We have further developed our plans for Westblaak as a skate plaza. See the project page.



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21 january 2013
Selected for research PLUG RDAM by AIR
Tonight we had the first meeting with the municipality of Rotterdam and AIR foundation about the PLUG RDAM research we got selected for. We will further develop our vision into a design for the St. Jansstraat in the Hoogstraatkwartier the next coming months.



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14 january 2013
Multitasker table finished
We finished the first production prototype of our Multitasker table.
See the full project here.



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14 december 2012
8th place in overall rankings Dutch Young Architects Award 2012
With our final design for a cluster of starter homes, we settled at the 8th place in the final overall rankings of the Young Architects Award 2012.
Our design 'Sleeping Apart Together' and the other top ten winners from round 2 will be exhibited at the 'Rijksgebouwendienst', the Ministry of housing and building.



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03 december 2012
AIR startup presentation at Dependance, Schieblock
Architecture Institute Rotterdam (AIR) invited us for their AIR Startup lecture series. This evening, we will present our work and discuss young architects' matters with DE ecotecten, under moderation of Astrid Aarssen. More info at AIR, image by AIR



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09 november 2012
Stadsmeubel Turnhout exhibition at MasterMeubel
Our design 'SoftCore' is currently exhibited at the Stadsmeubel Turnhout finalists exposition at Mastermeubel in Turnhout, Belgium, together with the exhibition of Cappellini Heroes. The show lasts untill december 2nd.
Check out SoftCore.



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26 october 2012
High Five!
We finished 5th in round 2 of the Young Architects Award 2012, putting us on a 6th position in the overall rankings! The results of round 1 and round 2 are currently exhibited at Materia in Amsterdam.



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12 october 2012
Skatepool Heemraadssingel on Archined
Skatepool Heemraadssingel featured on Dutch Architecture opinion site Archined in their ongoing series of interesting small projects.



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21 september 2012
Selected as finalists for Stadsmeubel Turnhout competition!
We got selected as one of the 10 finalists for the MasterMeubel design competition for public street furniture for Turnhout, the Cultural Capital of Flanders 2012. The selected design will be further worked out in a prototype that will be exhibited at the 'Toonzaal' in Turnhout, where we will present our design on the 9th of November to the jury, who will pick 3 winners. The exhibition will be open to the public until the end of January 2013. Image by Mastermeubel design competition.



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7 september 2012
Young Architects Award round 1 exhibition at Materia Inspiration Center, Amsterdam
Our competition entry 'withdrawingroom' put us on a combined 10th place in the overall rankings and is currently on display at the Young Architects Award (Jonge Architectenprijs) 2012 exhibition in the Materia Inspiration Center in Amsterdam. It will also be published in the official catalogue.



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1 september 2012
Skatepool Heemraadssingel officially opened!
The PoolParty we organised last weekend was a huge success and attended by a big crowd of local and national skaters and a lot of people from the neighbourhood. Municipal Alderman Carlos Goncalves had the honour to give a speech about our bottom-up initiative and expressed his gratitude for our ambition and commitment. We, on the other hand, took the opportunity to not only thank the municipality for the co-operation, but the neighbourhood as well. So, we would like to thank everybody that helped us along the way, who came by at the PoolParty and all the skaters that competed in the contest!



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1 september 2012
PoolParty!
We've teamed up with our fellow initiators, sponsors from our neighbourhood and from the skateboarding world, Stichting Singeldingen and our friends from local skate- and surfbrand Dufarge to organise a PoolParty in honour of the official opening of the skatepool and the sportsfield at the Heemraadssingel in Rotterdam. We are thrilled to see (and of course we did not expect anything else ;)that our initiative is embraced by not only the skateboard community but the neighbourhood as well. We want to celebrate this with everybody, so see you all September 1st!



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july 2012
Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute extension
Victor collaborates with Studio FedLev on the extention of the Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute. Fedlev is a multidisciplinairy team consisting of Paulien Bremmer, Maze de Boer, Luca Carboni and Sandra Stanionyte, who won the private competition earlier this year. Paulien Bremmer is in charge of the design process, leading to a realisation in 2014. Image by Studio FedLev



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july 2012
Open sesame!
The sportspark and skatepool at the Heemraadssingel opened to the public July 14th! Together with the other initiators, we are planning a pool party for September 1st. Check out the project here and Keep updated at the Skatepool Heemraadssingel Facebook page.



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june 2012
Heemraadspool longlisted for Van der Leeuw Award 2012!
Our self initiated skatepool at the Heemraadssingel is selected by Air as one of the 20 private initiatives that enhance the public life of the city and is therefore longlisted to participate in the annual Van der Leeuw Award, a prize for private initiatives in public space. On September 24, the 'Dag Van der Leeuw', the winner will be announced in a public event. See the whole longlist here



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april 2012
The building process off the concrete skatepool at the Heemraadssingel in Rotterdam has begun!
The coming 6 weeks, foundations, groundworks and the rough shape are being made. On top of this, hand shaped concrete will be put and the whole project should be finished before the end of July!



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april 2012
Public toilet for Stichting Singeldingen designed
We've designed a demountable public toilet facility to be placed in the playground at the Heemraadssingel this summer. All parts will be prefabricated so this little gem can be easily stored, transported and built on site in just one day with the volunteers of Singeldingen.



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march 2012
Skatepool Heemraadssingel blogged by De Architect!
Merel Pit blogged about our bottom-up skatepool initiative on her newest blog!



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januari 2012
Let the building begin!
The municipality council voted unanimously for our skatepool project and praised our bottom-up initiative as the standard for a new approach to projects in public space. We are finishing the definitive design documents so the works can start next February and finish before summer. We also got an article in the 'Algemeen Dagblad' newspaper about the skatepool. So much for the paperwork, let's get physical!



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december 2011
Singeldingen are going to happen!
LAGADO Architects is the new 'physical committee' of Stichting Singeldingen! We will design a new service pavillion and spatial scenario's for the use of the space around the Kiosk, designed by one of the initiators, suboffice.



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november 2011
Practice what you preach
LAGADO Architects got published in the Reclaiming the Street competition booklet by Showroom MAMA. We don't just design, we actually use architecture as well!



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november 2011
Building burocracy
Phase one of our historic adventure is over: we've uploaded our first building permit! Now we're designing a new contemporary interior.



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october 2011
Going monumental
We acquired the commission to refurbish a monumental house in the historic centre of Delft.



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september 2011
Concrete works
We got commissioned to draw the definitive design of the skatepool Heemraadssingel!



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august 2011
The great indoors
We got asked to design an interior cabinet for an old Dutch house.



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june 2011
Greetings from Agios Mammas!
Initial design for the Greek house presented to its future inhabitants on site.

may 2011
Archikidz
LAGADO Architects volunteered for Archikidz, helping a group of 9 kidz in designing their dream house. Congratulations to Hanz, one of the day's winners!

may 2011
Finetuning
Together with the local skaters, we finetuned the design of the Heemraadssingel skatepool to meet the tighter budget constraints which are being calculated now.

march 2011
Creative Urbans lecture
Together with Jurrien Boon from Allard Architecture, Victor lectured about the work of LAGADO Architects in the Van Eesteren Museum in Amsterdam for the Creative Urbans Inspiration Lectures.

march 2011
Community approval
The design of the skatepool Heemraadssingel got presented to the general public and got accepted without any complaints!

march 2011
LAGADO goes international
We got commissioned to design an atelier-house for a DJ / artist couple in Agios Mammas, Greece!

january 2011
LAGADO Architects founded
After numerous succesful collaborations under our own names, Maria Vas and Victor Verhagen joined forces and teamed up as LAGADO Architects!