The Museum of Humankind, The Great Rift Valley Building Project, Kenya Architecture Design

The Museum of Humankind in The Great Rift Valley

Public Building Development in Kenya, East Africa design by Studio Libeskind Architects

26 June 2020 ; 14 May 2019

Ngaren in The Great Rift Valley

Design: Studio Libeskind

Location: The Great Rift Valley, Kenya, East Africa

Ngaren: The Museum of Humankind Launches Fundraising Campaign on May 13, 2019, at the Princeton Club, New York City

Ngaren the Museum of Humankind in The Great Rift Valley

Dr. Richard Leakey announces the campaign for a new museum dedicated to the story of humans, Ngaren: The Museum of Humankind. The unprecedented project located in Kenya’s Rift Valley is designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, Studio Libeskind, the master plan architect of the World Trade Center site.

Ngaren is the culmination of Dr. Leakey’s life’s work –whose fossil discoveries have helped reveal how humans evolved. The Museum 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, overpopulation, to war, disease, and climate change.

The Museum of Humankind in The Great Rift Valley

“Ngaren is not just another museum, but a call to action,” says Dr. Richard Leakey, Founder. “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,” added Leakey.

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 the Rift Valley—the cradle of humankind and 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. Through a series of interactive, cutting-edge exhibition spaces, Ngaren will unravel the mysteries of our beginnings.

The Museum of Humankind in The Great Rift Valley by Daniel Libeskind

“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,” said architect Daniel Libeskind. “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,” added Libeskind.

The museum is scheduled to open in 2024 in Loodariak, Kenya. Studio Libeskind, working with local Kenyan architects, is the lead architect for the design and construction of the museum.

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About Ngaren
The Museum of Humankind Founded by Dr. Richard Leakey, Ngaren is a historic collaboration to create a center that explores the science behind climate change and celebrates the evolutionary processes that shape us. The mission is to create a worldclass Museum that will stand as a monument to science, education, social and climate action and connect the African legacy to all humans worldwide. Headquartered in the Rift Valley, Kenya and New York, Ngaren has gathered the best and brightest minds to realize this vision.

About Founder, Dr. Richard Leakey
Dr. Richard E. Leakey is an award-winning Kenyan paleoanthropologist,conservationist, and politician. The son of renowned scientists Louis and Mary Leakey, he has held a number of official positions in Kenya. Leakey has been Director of the National Museum of Kenya and head of the Kenyan Wildlife Service, and founded the NGO WildlifeDirect, as well as the Turkana Basin Institute –a research institution supporting scientific projects in human prehistory, sustainability, climate change, and modern human culture and diversity in Northern Kenya.

Board of Directors
Richard E. Leakey, Founder
Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
John Heminway
Rachel Mbai
Scott Miller
Marta Mirazon Lahr
Ellen C. O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer
Tony Saxton
Annette Williamson

About Studio Libeskind
Studio Libeskind is an international architecture practice headquartered in New York City. The studio is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects internationally. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential towers.

Daniel and his partner Nina Libeskind established Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Studio Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment.

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