Gumpha House by Within N Without is a futuristic representation of the age-old concept of humans’ relationship with nature, and the unrelenting search for tranquility and meaningful existence. Named after the Hindi word for cave, the form represents perhaps the most organic response of the architect to the immediate environment. Highly organic, the structure integrates earth and light to create an intriguing appeal, with silent inquisitiveness and playful drama. Constructed predominantly from stone, the house’s layout features a series of different rooms connected by a network of tunnels, where circular windows facilitate natural light and ventilation. Scroll down to read the architects’ lyrical illustration of the space.
As the urban dweller tired from the stresses of everyday life, seeking rejuvenation, turns towards nature, his quest is to seek inner joy, unbound his energies to become one with the forces of nature. The chaos of city life drives a man to pursue the tranquility and search for the inner peace, which so alludes him in his mundane life. The charm of city life and the appeal of nature is the chasm a man seeks to bridge and in that keeps searching for a meaningful existence.
It is this search which brings us to Gumpha and its environs. The home bridges the chasm between the darkness in the depths of lands and the light which comes calling from the heavens; celebrating the communion of the two. The user is drawn into this play of light and darkness; discovering his part in the drama as he/she becomes part of the bigger script, taking a journey, discovering the meaning of the larger picture, each with their own interpretation.
But more than all that Gumpha is a response; to the adventurous nature of manking. An expression; of the innate nature of land and hills to surprise. A journey; to lose the identity and discover self. Poetry; by the earth itself. A dialogue; between man and nature.
The form it takes is mostly organic, where the earth itself seems to breathe in tandem with light to create what can only be termed an almost living and sensuous organism, arousing curiosity with its silent light and playful inquisitive spaces. It appeals to the child in you, making you wonder, drawing you inside. At the same time, it helps you search for your inner self—as the deep spaces lit by heavenly light offer you tranquility and peace to meditate. Apart from the contemplative interior, the exteriors offer you vistas that are engaging, joyous and peaceful, initiating an intense experience that enriches you by the time you depart for the city once more.