Laboratorio di Architettura is an offshoot of the Semerano architecture firm andoperates in Padua and Lecce. Since 2005 it has occupied a converted tobacco factory in rural Lecce. This massive building, built around an orange grove and surrounded by 13 hectares of sunflowers, is both a place for meeting and for retreat, where the passion for art and architecture is cultivated as it once was in Renaissance workshops. It is an architecture incubator for young architects from different countries for conducting research and professional activities, but also by other professionals, including craftspeople and artists who contribute to new forms of multidisciplinary design and experimentation. The Laboratorio acts to bring diverse and independent people together. It isn’t a studio, but an open space accessible both physically and via the Internet, a point of convergence for many mobile professionals, each with their own experience to contribute. There are currently several projects in progress involving historic buildings, innovative ways of organizing living spaces, reclaiming traditional work techniques, and experimentation with different techniques and materials.