The Museum of Humankind in Kenya by Daniel Libeskind
«Ngaren is not just another museum, but a call to action," says Dr. Richard Leakey, who describes the project as the culmination of his life’s work. "As we peer back through the history of archaeological discoveries, through layers of long extinct species, many of which thrived far longer that the human species is ever likely to do, we are reminded of our mortality as a species».
Dr. Leakey commissioned Studio Libeskind to create «an iconic design that reflects the mission and values of the Museum». Sited on the edge of a cliff overlooking Kenya's Rift Valley—the place, where Leakey first discovered the skeleton of early man, Turkana Boy. The design is inspired by the forms of ancient hand axes that were the first tools of early man marking the beginnings of human ingenuity. The monolithic volumes rise like vertical stalactite set against the dramatic landscape of greater Nairobi in Loodariak. Through a series of interactive exhibition spaces, Ngaren's interior will unravel the mysteries of our beginnings.
«The museum will be a place for discovery, wonder, and contemplation. Through the architecture and exhibitions, Ngaren will anchor all walks of life to Africa: the epicenter of human existence. I created a series of dramatic spaces within the museum that are architecturally dynamic and provocative, creating a unique context for the museum’s exhibitions that does not pacify artifacts, but enhances and enlivens them,» explained Libeskind. The museum is scheduled to open in 2024.