Museum of Royal Kingdoms of India (MORKI)
Kevadiya, Narmada, Gujarat, India
The Museum of Royal Kingdoms of India (MORKI), an endeavour by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Gujarat, is a visionary project that redefines the museum experience. As part of the Sardar Patel Area Development Plan, designed on a 15-acre site, MORKI is a transformative journey through time and history, an architectural masterpiece inspired by India's Royal Forts and Palaces, and a commitment to sustainable design. Both the building and landscape have been designed to narrate the story of the integration of Royal kingdoms into a united India, instilling a sense of pride for the erstwhile rulers and a recognition of Sardar Patel’s unparalleled contribution in shaping modern India.
Site Area : 10 Acres
Builtup Area : 1,61,459 SF
Services : Feasibility Study, Programming, Master planning, Building Design - Architecture, MEPF Engineering, Interior Design, Art & Exhibit Curation, PMC, Structure Engineering, Landscape Design, AV/Acoustics, Lighting Design, Infrastructure Engineering
Bridging Eras, Inspiring Patriotism
Inside MORKI, visitors are led on a captivating journey of India’s history, through the three key galleries—Indian Royalty, the Story of Integration, and the Hall of Unity, which tell the tale of India’s transformation from a patchwork of kingdoms to a unified nation. The galleries house permanent exhibitions that integrate hands-on participative and informative exhibits, providing an immersive learning experience. Visitors can explore changing exhibits that keep the narrative fresh and engaging. The museum’s design also includes indoor-outdoor pause points, tranquil water features, and various amenities like a Temporary Exhibition space, Workshops for interactive learning, a Souvenir Shop to take home a piece of history, and a Café to savour the flavours of India’s diverse heritage. Going beyond story-telling, this immersive experience invites introspection about India’s present and future. The Hall of Unity, with its symbolic water pool and participatory installations, fosters a profound sense of belonging, unity, and sacrifice, that rekindles a renewed sense of patriotism and admiration for
leaders like Sardar Patel.
A Green Oasis, Where History Breathes with Nature
MORKI's design extends beyond its walls, seamlessly blending with its expansive surroundings. Interconnected open spaces, designed with varying characters, create unique experiences for visitors. Water channels, greenways, and retention ponds not only enhance the site's visual appeal but also contribute to rainwater harvesting and promote biodiversity. Native plantations and tree cover provide a serene ambiance that complements the grandeur of the architecture.
Sustainable Heritage, Bridging Past and Future
Sustainability is the cornerstone of MORKI's design. Its strategic orientation along the east-west axis optimizes natural light, reducing energy consumption and fostering an environmentally friendly footprint. The use of dry stone cladding system adds to the museum's aesthetic appeal, while acting as a natural insulator, shielding the interiors from excessive heat. Native trees and green roofs enhance the site's biodiversity, and integration of solar panels for energy generation and radiant cooling, embody a commitment to a greener future.
MORKI is not merely a passive repository of history; it's a dynamic cultural hub, designed to be a space where history comes alive, where visitors can touch, feel, and become a part of India's magnificent story.