Searching Paradise





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


According to Alvar Aalto, raising the quality of life did not lie in technical and economic capabilities but in the creative work of architects, whose “houses are built where people can lead happy lives,” and only reachable “by concentrating on human happiness.” This search for paradise, magnificently expressed by the Finnish architect, has guided countless projects in modern architecture. The house, the place of home, the world and container of the everyday individual and family life has been the privileged set of this implicit exploration, where many paradises can be recognised. It is about achieving adequate protection and getting a space where satisfaction becomes a daily joy for those who live in it: happiness as an attainable goal.

How to Cite

Noelle, L., & Torrent, H. (2021). Searching Paradise. Docomomo Journal, (64), 4–9.







Author Biographies

Louise Noelle, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Professor and researcher of 20th century architecture at the National University of Mexico. Author of various books on Mexican and Latin American architecture and contributor to numerous journals. Jean Tschumi Prize of the International Union of Architects in 2011. In the field of architectural heritage, She is President of docomomo Mexico and member of the Advisory Board of docomomo International.

Horacio Torrent, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

(Argentina, 1959) Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Pontifical Catholic University (puC) of Chile. Architect, National University of Rosario (uNr), Argentina (1985). Magister in Architecture puC, 2001. PhD, uNr, 2006. Research on the history of modern architec- ture and the city, and on contemporary Chilean architecture; foNdeCyt 1181290. Founding Member and President of docomomo Chile.