Our name LAGADO architects is based on a story and refers to an uninhibited attitude towards our profession.
We share this quality with the architect of the Grand Academy of Lagado in the story of Gullivers’ Travels, who studied how to be able to build a house starting from the top and working downward to the foundations.
This metaphor sums up our ambitions of being open minded and playful while at the same time focussed on getting our projects built and serious.
We are a serious studio for playful architecture
Founded by architects Maria Vasiloglou and Victor Verhagen in Rotterdam in 2011.
We apply our fascination with user-centered design to a diverse range of projects that share a common playfulness combined with clear geometry and latent multifunctionality.
Built work inludes public spaces like skateparks, playgrounds, a public toilet, a shop and a restaurant as well as private homes, interiors, furniture and spatial installations.
Our services range from strategic visions to design and implementation processes. Depending on the project, we operate as initiators, researchers and architects.
Architect and Urban Designer
This renaissance woman is not only keen on architecture and design, but also gets her hands dirty on arts, crafts and cooking. She has her own hand made knitting brand, KnitNights.
Maria Vasiloglou (1982, Greece) graduated as an architect from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2006, for which she gained several scholarships.
During these studies she did an internship in The Netherlands. Afterwards, she moved to the Netherlands and studied at TUDelft where she graduated with a second Master degree in experimental architecture from Kas Oosterhuis’ Hyperbody Lab in 2009. In 2017, Maria was nominated for the Marina van Damme Grant by the TUDelft.Maria gained working experience in Greece and in the Netherlands at Roeleveld-Sikkes, Mecanoo, BroekBakema, De Zwarte Hond and MVRDV and as a social designer for Creatief Beheer.
She has worked as urban desinger for the municipality of Tilburg on the Piushaven and Spoorzone areas and is urban advisor for the municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg. Strong concepts turn into thorough designs in these capable hands.
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Architect and Building Engineer
Growing up skateboarding the citystreets as a sponsored skateboarder planted the seed for his fascination with the potential and unintended usage of architecture.
Victor Verhagen (1982, the Netherlands) received his Bachelor in Architecture and Building Technology from Hogeschool Rotterdam in 2005.
He pursued extracurricular studies in Architecture and Experimental Design at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-arc) in Los Angeles in 2008 before graduating as an architect from the TUDelft Border Conditions Studio in 2010 with honorable mention and Archiprix nomination.Victor has worked at BroekBakema, BYTR and RoosRos and as a tutor at the Fontys Academy Master of Architecture. For the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects, he has worked as programme manager Technological Innovation.
Victor is a architect advisor for the municipality of Rotterdam and is a certified architect for the Architect Aan Zet program in Rotterdam. This shaped him into an allround architect capable of turning dreams into reality.
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In 2012, we featured in a series of video interviews and gave a talkshow for AIR startup.
ArchitectuurNL wrote about us in their November 2013 issue. Click the image to read the article in Dutch.
In 2020, we featured as selected young emerging European practice on Newgenerationsweb and Archdaily.
Selected publications and interviews
2020 ‘Optimistic realism and shared autonomy’: Archdaily features our profile as one of 5 selected emerging European practices
2020 Emerging European Practice Profile on Newgenerationsweb.org
2020 Workhome – Playhome published on Dezeen, Frame, Archdaily, Archello and Architectenweb
2019 Atlas of Emerging Practices – Being an European
Architect in the 21st Century – featured practice,
participation in research project
2018 Forum Magazine #02 – De Keuken
2016 Forum Magazine #12 – Beste gebruiker/Dear user
2016 AMC Magazine – temporary pavillions – Easehouse
2016 Buitenspelen Magazine special Urban Sports – interview
2016 Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender
2015 De Architect.nl – interview skatepark Westblaak II
2015 A10 Magazine for new European Architecture,
2014 ZigZagCity ‘Door de ogen van LAGADO’ routemap
2014 NRC Handelsblad – ‘Sporten in de stad’
2014 Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender
2013 Architectuur NL magazine – interview
2013 Rdamse Nieuwe x Vers Beton – interview
2013 Haacs magazine
2012 Jonge Architecten Prijs Catalogus
2012 De Architect Magazine
Selections, special projects, awards and nominations
2021 Building Of The Year nomination by Archdaily for Work Home Play Home
2021 Selected to design wooden Sluisbuurt Pavillion and participate in masterclass ‘Building with Wood’ by Architectuur Lokaal and Municipality of Amsterdam, to be exhbited at Arcam
2020 Invited to participate in Mirabilia exhibition in Matera,
Italy by Antilia Gallery, a curatorial project by Profferlo
Architecture with a model that reinterprets Italo
Calvino’s Invisible Cities
2019 Invited to participate in Atlas Workshop and Speaking
Corner at New Generations Festival in Rome
2019 Selected as one of the emerging European practices by
Itinerant Office and participation in ‘Atlas of Emerging
Practices’ research and book publication
2019 Shortlisted for participation in international
competition for a skatepark and landscape park
integrated within a recycle facility, together with OpenFabric.
2019 Shortlisted for the design of a gymnastics hall,
Heijplaat, Rotterdam, together with Vlot Architecten
2018 Participation in Nacht van de Kunsten Tilburg with a
parametric pavillion designed and built by our Fontys
Master of Architecture students
2018 Participation in Next Step Program by BNA and
Synchroon at TUDelft
2017 Participation in Nacht van de Kunsten Tilburg with
Surface Symphony pavillion, designed and built by our
Fontys Master of Architecture students
2017 Selected for urban design atelier Egyptische Poort
Bladel by Architectuur Lokaal
2016 Nominated for Rotterdam Architectuur Prijs with self
initated skatepark Westblaak II
2014 Selected for participation by ZigZagCity festival
2013 Selected for Plug Rdam by Air and municipality of
2013 Self initiated research on skateboarding and public
space honoured with startsubsidy by Creative
Industries Fund NL
2013 Shortlisted for Talent Development programme by
Creative Industries Fund NL
2012 Finalist Jonge Architectenprijs – competition
2012 Finalist Stadsmeubel Turnhout – competition (Belgium)
2012 Self initiated skatepool Heemraadssingel longlisted for
Van der Leeuwprijs
We are happy to work together with
We work from a studio in the monumental Henkespand,
a former genever distillery in historic Delfshaven in Rotterdam.
Voorhaven 23 C
3025 HC Rotterdam
+31 (0)6 54 600 440