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Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity

A new museum in Orlando, designed to symbolize a beacon for humanity when illuminated, will share the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of those who lived it. 

The Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity, the world’s first Holocaust museum centered around survivor and witness testimonies, will soon arise on the shores of Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando. The centerpiece of the museum’s form is a dramatic ramp, bathed in natural light inside and out, that wraps around a cylindrical auditorium. When illuminated at night, the space figuratively shines a spotlight on that which divides us so that we are empowered to learn from history and create a world free of hatred, bigotry, and prejudice. The surrounding ramp both houses and connects a continuation of exhibition space across two levels, including one 12,000-square foot exhibit area with lakefront views and vaulted ceilings. Also providing a unique venue for events, the area features a large, glazed aperture—a window of hope.

When complete, the experiential museum will introduce visitors and researchers to more than 56,000 survivor and witness testimonies through a range of interactive exhibits. The USC Shoah Foundation—a global leader in testimony-based research, education, and interactive experiences—is serving as the museum’s content and creative partner.

 

Client

Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida

Location

Orlando, FL

Size

45,000 SF

Completed

Ongoing

Construction Cost

Confidential

People

FAIA
Partner, Director of the DC Office
Lead Designer
AIA, AICP
Partner
Partner-in-Charge
AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate, Construction Administrator
AIA
Senior Associate, Architect
Assoc. AIA
Associate, Architectural Designer
Associate, Architectural Designer