Modern Heritage, organic space, material permanence: Torres Posse House in Tafí del Valle





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The Torres Posse House (1957-1958) is a testimony to the particular forms that the modern house took in the context of northern Argentina, and at the same time shows how the conservation and sustainability of modern heritage come in large part from the quality of its original project. Built to enjoy the holidays, it was rationally organized, according to the demands of economy, topography of the site, climate, and orientation. The gallery, the most memorable space, is a typological approach that remains in good condition. The project established a stone box within which to arrange a demanding interior program with total freedom. The durability of the material proposed it as a modern architecture, capable of transcending the obsolescence of the modern image to resist the passage of time and aging without conflict.

How to Cite

Torrent, H., Paterlini, O., Braghini, A., & Cuezzo, L. (2021). Modern Heritage, organic space, material permanence: Torres Posse House in Tafí del Valle. Docomomo Journal, (64), 42–49.







Author Biographies

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 architecture and the city, and on contemporary Chilean architecture. Founding Member and President of docomomo Chile.

Olga Paterlini

(Argentina, 1946) Comisión Nacional de Monumentos, de Lugares y Bienes Históricos, Argentina. Architect and PhD from the National University of Tucumán (UNT). Professor of undergraduate and graduate degrees in Argentina and abroad. Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, UNT, between 2014 and 2018. Vice President of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) – Argentina. Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the United Nations Development Program – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNDP-UNESCO). Research on industrial towns, and architectural and urban heritage.

Anna Braghini, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

(Italy, 1983) PUC of Chile. Università IUA V di Venezia. Graduated in Architecture IUA V, 2009. Magister in Architecture, PUC of Chile, 2017. Phd candidate in Architecture and Urban Studies, PUC de Chile – IUA V, with a grant from the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development (ANID). Focuses on History and Criticism of Modern Architecture.

Laura Cuezzo, National University of Tucumán

(Argentina, 1977) Professor and researcher at the Institute of History and Heritage. Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. UNT. Architect, 2002. Master’s degree in Intervention of the architectural and urban heritage, Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño – Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (FAUD -UNMdP), 2016. PhD candidate (FAUD -UM). Research on the modern architecture of the Norwest region in Argentina and on the domestic architectural heritage of the 19th and 20th century.


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