The Beauty of Simplicity: Getting to Know the Work of Lins Arquitetos Associados

Lins Arquitetos Associados’ daily life is characterized by the hammock that sways on the balcony, the sun shining through the pierced pieces in a dance light and shadow, and the bright color that marks the spaces and brings life.

This family of architects hails from Ceara’s northeastern backlands. The team’s architecture is environmentally conscious and seamlessly integrates into the environment. They use local vernacular and artisanal references to create contemporary projects that are qualified by the built spaces.

Lins Arquitetos Associados was founded in 2011 by Jorge Mauro Soares Lins, George de Menezes Lins and Cintia Menezes Lins de Mateos (father), Cintia Menezes Lins de Mattos (daughter), and Deborah Martins de Oliveira Lins de Oliveira Lins. The team has worked with a variety of scales and programs since then, including the building, the furniture, and the city. Despite the many proportions, the focus remains the same. To present works that reflect the locations where they are placed, absorb the cultural aspects, use materials and labor available in the region, and adapt to the climate, This means that there is an ongoing search for unique, non-reproducible architectural solutions. These solutions are completely dependent on their location.

Legal Practice Center / Unileão / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França

They dispel the notion that architecture should be expensive or luxurious and instead show that beauty is in simplicity. All strategies have a dual purpose: they can be used in bioclimatic vernacular strategies like double-height ceilings and balconies, as well as in striking colors and whitewashed facades. They also use hollow bricks, brisses or ceramic bricks to allow for the passage of fresh air. These strategies not only provide thermal comfort but also add poetry. The projects also showcase the combination of experimentalism and consolidated construction methods.

This selection of projects shows you more about Lins Arquitetos Associados’s work.

Unileão Gym and School

Unileão Gym and School / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França
Unileão Gym and School / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França

C House

C House / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França
C House / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França

Pavilhões Educacionais Unileão

Pavilhões Educacionais Unileão / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França
Pavilhões Educacionais Unileão / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França

Residência JS

Residência JS / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França
Residência JS / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França

Legal Practice Center / Unileão

Legal Practice Center / Unileão / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França
Legal Practice Center / Unileão / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França

Clinic School FVS

Clinic School FVS / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França
Clinic School FVS / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França

Juizado Especial Cível e Criminal de Unileão

Juizado Especial Cível e Criminal de Unileão / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França
Juizado Especial Cível e Criminal de Unileão / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França

Lins Arquitetos Associados Office

Lins Arquitetos Associados Office / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França
Lins Arquitetos Associados Office / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana França