The “background` is the Emilia-Romagna region seen from the Via Emilia, with hills on one side and a plain on the other side. The land, the buildings, the green area and the asphalt have an important density that suggests the idea of a rooted and heavy landscape. Almost everything is mixed together and belongs to the earth, leaving very little space for the sky. The “figure` is a little business tower that faces the highway entrance to the city of Imola. As a contrast it is light, abstract and simple. A unique, unmistakable, unfamiliar symbol, but at the same time a familiar shape: it looks like a giant bar code. The tower is standing on the ground, apparently without substance. The internal structure is soft and pure. Everything is very clear and rarefied. In the organization of the twelve floors, an open space was left in the central part of each floor in order to leave a vacuum in the main space. The service facilities and the main load bearing structure were all positioned on the southern side in order to create a strong structural sunscreen filter for summer months. The external skin made of glass is a very thin and transparent membrane with black silk-screen printings that envelop the whole building in a soft way. IMOLA TORRE Business tower at the entrance of the city of Imola on the Bologna-Taranto highway, Bologna, 5000 sq mt. LELLI & ASSOCIATI ARCHITETTURA Project and work direction: Arch. Gabriele Lelli, Arch. Roberta Bandini, Ing. Andrea Luccaroni.