The onePULSE Foundation has released six conceptual designs that are on the table for their National Pulse Memorial and Museum project.

The designs, attached below, will also be on display at the Orange Country Regional History Center through October 10. Following the exhibition, a curated jury will vote on the winning design team. A press release issued by the foundation states that public comments gleaned during the exhibition will be given to the jury panel to help steer their decision process.

The exhibition will be on display Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday at the History Center.

Scroll down for some basic information on each of the proposals or click HERE for more details on each design and their full project narratives. All images courtesy of onePULSE Foundation.

Submit your comments online via the link above under each separate presentation.


Coldefy & Associés with RDAI, National Pulse Memorial & Museum

An opulent garden planted with 49 trees, the memorial site provides a protective and colorful canopy. At the center of the garden, the nightclub is preserved; a generous adjacent space is dedicated to gathering and celebration. In this haven of peace and tranquility, we discover the transformed nightclub, opening to the light and air, inviting us to traverse an intimate path; opening our consciousness.”

Notable design elements include vertical gardens and public plazas, a rooftop promenade with views of the memorial and surrounding district, interactive sculptures, and future bike paths and promenades that connect to the train station.

Coldefy & Associés with RDAI, National Pulse Memorial
Coldefy & Associés with RDAI, Pulse Museum


Scofidio +Renfro and Rene Gonzalez Architects, National Pulse Memorial

The sanctuary sits within a contemplative sound garden of cypress trees, natural ponds, and 268 reflective columns, each of which honors the life of someone who was affected but survived the shooting. A sound installation integrated into the columns will create a symphony of music when visitors approach them.

Notable design elements include a beaded shroud enveloping the structure of the original club building, 49 rainbow-colored columns, circular glass openings in the structure around the club, and a scrim for mementos left by visitors.

Scofidio + Renfro and Rene Gonzalez Architects Pulse Museum
 Diller, Scofidio + Renfro and Rene Gonzalez Architects, National Pulse Memorial & Museum


heneghan peng architects Pulse Museum

The nightclub remains. Inside is silence. Together, we engage with this silence to realize our strength. The memorial is cast around the perimeter of this silence, delicately poised on the threshold that links what is outside to what happened within. The memorial’s form shelters visitors in an intimate embrace, revealing only a single wall of the nightclub.”

Notable design elements include seven sections of the memorial perimeter, for the seven colors in a rainbow. Each section serves as a shared space. The facade of the museum will rise up in peaks to provide shade in the plaza and public areas. The plan also calls for a “PULSE Music Label” which would release music that “amplifies the strength of the PULSE and LGBTQ+ communities” for people all over the world.

heneghan peng archtects, National Pulse Memoria
heneghan peng architects National Pulse Memorial & Museum


MASS Design Group, National Pulse Museum

No thing, no tribute, no space will replace these lives, their loss, their loves, their selves. And yet, like a chrysalis, we transform and become something else through tragedy. The Pulse community teaches the public what it is to Become. To become is not simply to transform from one another, but to hold a state of multiple identities together in tension.”

Notable design elements include a museum that focuses on a larger fight for equality versus oppression and how that fight is embedded in Central Florida. There are spaces for reflection and engagement, and very strong architectural elements that command attention.

MASS Design Group, National Pulse Memoria
MASS Design Group, National Pulse Memorial & Museum


MVRDV, National Pulse Memorial

We implement a holistic approach that addresses physical (ecological), psychological (emotional), and actualization (social) needs. Cohesion in the Pulse District’s public realm, from the museum along the West Kaley Street Walk, to the National Pulse Memorial monument, through to the city center, and along the Orlando Health Survivors Walk, draws these distinct programs, and SODO/Parramore communities, into connection.”

Notable design elements include an urban seeding program of vibrant plants, lighting, shading structures, public seating, and more to connect the two sites, along with integrated Smart and sustainable water and energy systems. A curved, rooftop greenspace on the museum is something you can’t miss in the rendering below.

 MVRDV, National Pulse Memorial & Museum
MVRDV Pulse Museum


Studio Libeskind Pulse Museum

We created three integrated yet individually distinctive elements within the Greater Pulse District. We imbued each site with meaning and symbolism that radiates from onePULSE.”

Notable design elements include a heart-shaped memorial created with 366 rainbow gates, one for each day of the 2016 calendar year. The design calls for the club to stay at the center of the memorial property and the museum to resemble a torch for the district.

Studio Libeskind National Pulse Memorial
Studio Libeskind National Pulse Memorial & Museum

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