Bastion Bungalow Museum, Fort Kochi, Kerala

CLIENT: Department of Archaeology, Government of Kerala

July 2018 – August 2020

Bastion Bungalow, situated inside Fort Kochi, is one of the oldest Dutch heritage sites in India. Built by the Dutch in 1663, this historic landmark stands on the remnants of Fort Immanuel, built by the Portuguese in 1503. After British dominion was established in Kerala several portions of the Fort were destroyed however, the Bungalow remained intact and continued to be used as a colonial administrative building, a private residence and now as a museum.
This unique structure was recently declared a District Heritage Museum by the Kerala Government and plans are afoot to upgrade it into a world class Heritage Museum.
Eka has advised the Department of Archaeology, Government of Kerala in planning the Museum. The Masterplan for the museum has been prepared and submitted in a Detailed Project Report which included a new Curatorial Narrative for the museum, Detailed Design and Layout of the Galleries, Textual and Visual Content, Signage, Disaster Management, and Interactive Display Strategies.

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