The architectural design of the station building and the roof over the entrance and exit islands of the highway is part of the complex road construction plan for the new Ronchis Latisana exit on the A4 highway. The inspiring theme of the project imagines the new exit station as a “gate”. A regional-scale transition between the indifferent ribbon of highway that runs across the plain of the Friuli and Veneto regions, and the territorial, environmental and cultural space of the Lower Friuli area into which the gate leads. The project is thus a symbol, on an appropriate scale, that I like to refer to as the “gate to the Bassa Friulana”. The impressive size of the exit, which has fourteen lanes, required an ideation process that aspired to the overall lightness of the work. At the same time, because of the symbolic significance attributed to the project, it had to serve as a regional-scale signal, on the level of other existing signals in the territory of the Bassa, the bell towers, the basilica at Aquileia, the walled city of Palmanova and the Terrace and sea of Lignano Sabbiadoro. From the tip of the (ideal) cone, the stainless steel cables that stay the structure of the wings stretch lightly, barely visible in the sun, and dialogue with the space and the light of the sky. Everything will appear suspended, like the wings of a great bird that alights and flies away, or the blades of a primitive helicopter, a Leonardesque machine inspired by “nature”. The base of the ideal cone of the Tower supporting the stays is materialized as a cone-shaped axis, made out of concrete. Rotated at an angle of 90° from it, the station building is positioned longitudinally at the center of the exit area, in the direction of the entrance and exit ramps. The plan of the building carries the asymmetry of the wings after the rotation, and the north and south fronts become progressively thinner until they are an edge, where the curved walls and the straight walls of the building, which face each other from east and west, meet. The rotating sense of the whole contributes to the lightness of the buildings, though it does not sacrifice, rather it highlights their architectural identity within the new infrastructural landscape. The roof structure over the lanes, ten going in and four going out, has the same asymmetry. A sawhorse was built to extend and stay the two wings, supported on four points consisting in paired columns connected to the reticular structure, with the surface clad in sheet metal so that each column might present a single compact structure, lobed at the end. Four lobed pilasters converge into a vertex which holds the anchoring structure of the cables that stay the bearing structure of the two wings. The latter are made of reticular ribs and spars that curve them in the longitudinal and transversal directions. The cabled structure is anchored to the ends by two transversal cables anchored to the ground to counter the wind force. The entire structure will be clad in lightweight wood panels covered in zinc – titanium sheeting. The use of painted steel, stainless steel cables, of a roof clad in pretreated and therefore opaque zinc – titanium, creates a whole, which in relation to its highly visible scale and architecture, is tempered by a harmonic variation of polished and opaque surfaces, in tones of grey, that dialogue with the light to create an effect of extraordinary “lightness”.