International design team selected for Pulse nightclub massacre memorial

An international design team has been selected for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum for victims of a nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman killed 49 people on 12 June 2016.

The team is made up of made of French firms Coldefy & Associés, RDAI, Ducks Scéno, Agence TER, as well as Orlando’s HHCP Architects. French artist Xavier Veilhan and Laila Farah from Chicago’s DePaul university were also involved

The team plans to create a concept design that will then be put out for public consultation. The concept design features a reflecting pool circling the Pulse building, a spiralling, open-air museum and an educational centre with gardens, public plazas and a rooftop promenade.

In memory of the 49 victims, a palette of 49 colours will line the reflecting pool basin and a memorial garden will contain 49 trees.

The winning team was selected from a shortlist of six, compiled in June 2019, that included Diller Scofidio + Renfro, MVRDV and Studio Libeskind.

A jury containing local people, civic workers and architects consulted with victims’ families, survivors, first responders and the public to choose the design.

Barbara Poma, the onePULSE Foundation’s chief executive, said: "The National Pulse Memorial & Museum will honour the 49 lives taken and all those affected while also educating visitors and future generations on the profound impact the tragedy had on Orlando, the US and the world."

Thomas Coldefy, Coldefy’s principal, said: "This is a deeply meaningful project that reminds us how much architecture and landscape can influence our behaviour and have an impact on our community; it’s a project that already transcends our entire team in a beautiful, collective adventure."

The memorial and museum will be open all year round, will be free to enter and is due to open in 2022.

Images courtesy of Coldefy & Associés with RDAI/onePULSE Foundation

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  1. ” will be free to enter ” – TOTALLY correct decision – nobody should be able to profit from the senseless murder and tragedy of others.

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