National Pulse Memorial & Museum

An international competition was organized by onePULSE Foundation to design and create the National Memorial & Museum in Orlando to honor and preserve the legacy of the victims and those affected by the shooting at Pulse LGBTQ+ nightclub on June 12, 2016. The proposals were asked to embody the Foundation’s credo: ” We will not let the hat win.” The team led by Coldefy was selected as winner of the competition and is currently under development with the delivery of the memorial anticipated for 2024.

The winning design concept features a reflecting pool encircling the PULSE building, which will be integrated into the Memorial design. In memory of the 49 victims, a palette of 49 colors was designed, lining the basin of the reflecting pool and radiating towards a peaceful garden planted with 49 trees. The design also envisions a spiraling Museum with exhibition spaces and an educational center, complete with vertical gardens, public plazas, and a rooftop promenade. Additionally, the Orlando Health Survivors Walk will create new public space along Orange Avenue, connecting the memorial garden to Lake Beauty Park, punctuated by interactive art elements in commemoration of the survivors.


Public / Culture


OnePulse Foundation


Coldefy (lead architect), RDAI (associate architect), HHCP (local architect)


dUCKS scéno, agence TER, Xavier Veilhan, Prof. Laila Farah


Memorial 3,966 m², museum 4,500 m²


in progress


Orlando (usa)




Memorial, museum, parking structure for 300 cars, urban walk 1.3 miles


Competition 1st Prize