Perpetual Light: Pulse National Memorial & Museum

Orlando, Florida


Perpetual Light

The title Perpetual Light is a response to the onePULSE mission to create a sanctuary of hope following the tragic day in American history–Sunday, June 12, 2016–to honor the 49 Angels that were taken, the 68 others who were injured and the countless first responders and healthcare professionals who treated them.

Studio Libeskind’s proposal for the Memorial and Museum created three integrated, yet individually distinctive elements within the Greater Pulse District. Our design 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 preserved 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.