daniel libeskind plans 'ngaren', a museum of humankind in kenya
 

daniel libeskind plans 'ngaren', a museum of humankind in kenya

daniel libeskind is developing plans for a new museum in kenya dedicated to the story of humans. the project was commissioned by conservationist dr. richard leakey, whose fossil discoveries have helped reveal how humankind has evolved. the museum — titled ‘ngaren’ — will be the first center of its kind to present research, discovery, and exploration of more than two million years of human history and the origins of our universe from evolution, biodiversity, and overpopulation, to war, disease, and climate change.


all images courtesy of studio 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 fossil record, through layer upon layer 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.’


the design is inspired by the forms of ancient hand axes

 

 

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 most complete 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. internally, ngaren will unravel the mysteries of our beginnings through a series of interactive exhibition spaces.


the museum is scheduled to open in 2024

 

 

‘the museum will be a place for discovery, wonder, and contemplation,’ libeskind explains. ‘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.’ the museum is scheduled to open in 2024.

 

 

project info:

 

architect: studio libeskind
name: ngaren: the museum of humankind
location: loodariak, kenya
status: completion scheduled for 2024

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    489,195 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample