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Pulse Memorial Design Competition Narrowed Down to 6 Teams

The onePULSE Foundation, the nonprofit established by the owner of Pulse nightclub following the June 12, 2016 tragedy, announced the six architect-led design teams shortlisted in the open, two-stage international competition to design the National Pulse Memorial & Museum to be located at 1912 S Orange Avenue in the SODO Business District.

The competition, attracted submissions from 68 teams representing 19 countries. In total, 168 firms and 47 individual artists participated on the 68 submitting teams.

The six shortlisted teams (in alphabetical order):

  1. Coldefy & Associés with RDAI, Xavier Veilhan, dUCKS scéno, Agence TER, Prof. Laila Farah

  2. Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rene Gonzalez Architects with Raymond Jungles, Inc.

  3. heneghan peng architects, Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Sven Anderson & Pentagram

  4. MASS Design Group, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Sasaki, Sanford Biggers, Richard

  5. Blanco, Porsha Olayiwola

  6. MVRDV, Grant Associates, GSM Project and Studio Drift

  7. Studio Libeskind with Claude Cormier + Associés, Thinc, and Jenny Holzer

A public exhibition of the shortlisted design team submissions will take place in early October 2019 at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Florida. This will be accompanied by a digital exhibition on the onePULSE design competition website.

The six firms and their teams will meet with onePULSE leadership, a victim liaison and a survivor while they develop their schemes. This June, they will attend a site tour and informational meeting in Orlando, and in July there will be an interim review of each team’s work.

The winning design team will be selected by a blue-ribbon Jury comprised of onePULSE stakeholders, civic decision-makers, global thought leaders and world-renowned architects. The winning team will be announced in October 2019.

The National Pulse Memorial and Museum will honor the 49 people who were killed in the tragedy and also support the families, survivors, and first responders left to pick-up the pieces. Scheduled to open in 2022, the memorial and museum will include the Orlando Health Survivors Walk and will be built on the site of the Pulse nightclub and nearby properties.


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