Public invited to comment on Pulse memorial designs

7 October 2019
  • Michael Rivera



Orlando, FL

United States

Shortlisted teams display concepts to honour victims of 2016 tragedy

onePULSE Foundation, established to honour and preserve the legacy of the 49 killed and all those affected by the 2016 Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Florida, have invited the public to provide feedback on concept designs for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum. The designs can be viewed until 10th October at Orange County Regional History Center or via the accompanying digital exhibition on the Foundation's website here

The six shortlisted teams are as follows:

• Coldefy & Associés with RDAI, HHCP Architects, Xavier Veilhan, dUCKS scéno, Agence TER, Prof. Laila Farah
• Diller, Scofidio + Renfro and Rene Gonzalez Architects with Raymond Jungles, Teresita Fernández, and Oliver Beer
• Heneghan Peng Architects, Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Sven Anderson, Pentagram, and Bartenbach LichtLabor
• MASS Design Group, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Ralph Applebaum Associates, Sasaki, Sanford Biggers, Richard Blanco, Porsha Olayiwola
• MVRDV, McKenzie Architects, Grant Associates, GSM Project and Studio Drift
• Studio Libeskind with Baker Barrios Architects, Claude Cormier + Associés, Thinc, and Jenny Holzer

While developing their designs, the teams met with community members, learnt about the foundation’s artefacts collection, studied data from onePULSE’s two years of community outreach, and visited places central to Pulse’s story, including the Interim Memorial and Orlando Health trauma center. “Rare is the design competition that requires a profound examination of unspeakable horror and the taking of lives as its genesis, and comprehension for magnanimity and unwavering resolve as its vanguard,” said Susanna Sirefman, president of competition organisers Dovetail Design Strategists.  “All six shortlisted teams of talented architects and designers have met this mandate and powerfully.”

Following the public viewing and comment period, a jury consisting of community members, civic decision-makers, global thought leaders and architects will chose the winners, with the announcement expected on 30th October. The selected concept will serve as a starting point for discussion when planning the finalised museum design.

Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Head of Research

This competition was first published by TenderStream on 26.03.2019 here

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