Shortlist Teams (in alphabetical order)

Studio Libeskind with Baker Barrios Architects, Claude Cormier + Associés, Thinc, and Jenny Holzer

Concept Design Narrative

Perpetual Light

We don’t let hate win by shedding
Perpetual Light into the darkness.

The title Perpetual Light is a response to the onePULSE mission.  The Perpetual Light never extinguishes—it is the light of the 49 Angels, the survivors, first responders, and community. 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.

The Memorial is a place that first and foremost celebrates the lives of those who were taken, and communicates the values of Pulse—diversity, unity and acceptance. The heart-shaped design is contoured by 366 rainbow gates, each for a day of the 2016 calendar year. The Memorial is an active and deeply intimate experience for families, survivors and first-responders.  We preserve the existing nightclub site as the Broken Heart and it is the sacred space of the project—where we illuminate the words of love and loss. The Memorial spills out and connects to the Survivors Walk following the same path of the heroic acts of that night.

The Museum proclaims our humanity by embodying the human form as an iconic landmark for the Pulse district.  It is a figure of hope that connects the terrestrial to the celestial as the tower ascends upward. It culminates in a pulsating rainbow beacon of 49 colored columns of light, activated by human touch. The observation deck is a place to take in the entirety of the district and feel the eternal pulse of humanity.

Team Members

Daniel Libeskind

Founder and Principal Architect, Studio Libeskind

Carla Swickerath

Partner, Studio Libeskind

Michael Ashley

Principal, Studio Libeskind

Wayne Dunkelberger

Principal, Baker Barrios Architects

Claude Cormier

Landscape Architect, Principal Associate, Claude Cormier + Associés

Marc Hallé

Landscape Architect, Senior Associate, Claude Cormier + Associés

Tom Hennes

Principal, Founder, Thinc

Jenny Holzer


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