Chiaramonte Gulfi, Ragusa, Italy / 2013
N’Orma is a little country hotel in Sicily. It’s a place where opposites, or what one might suppose are opposites, co-exist wonderfully.
It’s the magic of austere lines mixed with the warmth of a family sitting around a fireplace. It’s both isolation and a window on the world. It’s waiting to arrive and the mystery of not knowing where you are. It’s the surprise of a sudden, brief encounter, between words spoken and unspoken. It’s like meeting someone with no preconceptions or judgement. You share the space and time. You’re talking and listening, far from conventional experience, free to be what you are. You’re learning to look at life from different perspectives. It’s like unstable buildings, dark and abandoned, that have been modified, although their original character and history have been preserved. All this happens in a sequence of luminous areas adapted to contemporary living. Intuition has been transformed into human space. Passion has been moulded into living architecture. The profound curiosity towards objects and the poetry that generates them, forging their sensorial worth; the abundance of playful, aesthetic and philosophical images; the tendency towards Germanic design and Davide Groppi’s lighting solutions; the love of books, writing, cooking and dining; all these have here become ways of understanding life. They are multiple icons representing the vast, complex project that is human existence. All this has contributed to creating a place for those who like to think of a holiday as a time when they can sit back and enjoy their own rhythm. Two big rooms. Independent. Between the pool and the vineyard. And the house. Only two rooms. Only four guests. You arrive like guests and leave like friends.
Arch. Patrizia Sbalchiero