The study for Olivetti stands in the context of a whole series of commissions from Olivetti, the office technology manufacturer. Dating from the mid-1960s, the design documents Nelson's views on architecture, ideas he formulated more extensively in the mid-1970s. For example in the essay "The Hidden City," Nelson states: "First, [...] a substantial degree of visual pollution in cities is created by the buildings themselves. Second, we have the proposition that if offending buildings cannot be removed, many services can be so housed that the buildings become invisible as buildings. Third, this possibility of the visual elimination of architecture exists because so many facilities have no need for windows. Fourth, the community could acquire many amenities and benefits through the procedure described."