The winning design features a memorial spot around the night club where 49 trees will be planted to remember the victims. In the night club itself, a ‘tore’ will be made where visitors will be able to walk through. A fountain with 49 different colours will surround the building. Half a kilometre away from the nightclub, a museum will be built as a “place for dialogue and education”.
“The National Pulse Memorial & Museum will honor 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 U.S. and the world,” said Barbara Poma, owner of the nightclub and CEO of the onePULSE Foundation.
According to the foundation, a mother of one of the victims wrote about the winning design: “This design is the one that I personally fell in love with. It gives me peaceful memories and reflections of remembering our 49 Angels. The water running calms the soul.”
Images: Coldefy & Associés with RDAI, HHCP Architects, Xavier Veilhan, dUCKS scéno, Agence TER, Prof. Laila Farah
Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer, calls the memorial important for the healing process. “But we will never bring back the 49 innocent victims whose lives were taken on June 12, 2016, or erase the pain that the horrific act brought to so many.”
The memorial and museum are projected to open in 2022. The memorial will be free and open to the public year-round.