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Ngaren: The Museum of Humankind // Studio Libeskind

Kenya

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The unprecedented project located in Kenya’s Rift Valleyis designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, Studio Libeskind, the master plan architect of the World TradeCenter site.Ngaren is the culmination of Dr. Leakey’s life’s work –whose fossil discoveries have helped reveal howhumans evolved. The Museum will be the first center of its kind to present research, discovery, andexploration of more than two million years of human history and the origins of our universe fromevolution, biodiversity, overpopulation, to war, disease, and climate change.“Ngaren is not just another museum, but a call to action,” says Dr.

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© Studio Libeskind

Richard Leakey, Founder. “As we peerback through the fossil record, through layer upon layer of long extinct species, many of which thrivedfar 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 valuesof the Museum.

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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 isinspired by the forms of ancient hand axes that were the first tools of early man marking the beginningsof human ingenuity.

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The monolithic volumes rise like vertical stalactite set against the dramaticlandscape of greater Nairobi in Loodariak. Through a series of interactive, cutting-edge exhibitionspaces, Ngaren will unravel the mysteries of our beginnings.“The museum will be a place for discovery, wonder, and contemplation. Through the architecture andexhibitions, Ngaren will anchor all walks of life to Africa: the epicenter of human existence,” saidarchitect Daniel Libeskind.

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“I created a series of dramatic spaces within the museum that arearchitecturally dynamic and provocative, creating a unique context for the museum’s exhibitions thatdoes 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 localKenyan architects, is the lead architect for the design and construction of the museum..

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