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Portal Beacon Monument

San Juan, PR, USA • 2000

A glowing gateway to San Juan, the Portal Beacon Monument commemorates the aspirations and ambitions of twenty-first century Puerto Rico.

A glowing gateway to San Juan, the Portal Beacon Monument commemorates the aspirations and ambitions of twenty-first century Puerto Rico. Occupying a prime site in Third Millenium Park, the monument faces due north, framing the view towards the mainland, as well as providing a welcoming beacon for the thousands of ships and airplanes that arrive each year.

The monument stands 100m tall, and incorporates a continuous internal passenger conveyance system, as well as an observation deck and exterior performance platform. The structure is a series of connected tubular steel trusses, clad in concrete, glass, and perforated metal.

Occupying a prominent site within the park, the monument acts as more than a static symbol – its raised platform hosting formal and impromptu performances, and its stairs serving as both a social gathering place, and a venue for quiet contemplation.

The monument is designed to be assembled using conventional construction techniques. The steel frames are assembled on the ground and then hoisted into vertical position.

A glowing gateway to San Juan, the Portal Beacon Monument commemorates the aspirations and ambitions of twenty-first century Puerto Rico. Occupying a prime site in Third Millenium Park, the monument faces due north, framing the view towards the mainland, as well as providing a welcoming beacon for the thousands of ships and airplanes that arrive each year.

The monument stands 100m tall, and incorporates a continuous internal passenger conveyance system, as well as an observation deck and exterior performance platform. The structure is a series of connected tubular steel trusses, clad in concrete, glass, and perforated metal.

Occupying a prominent site within the park, the monument acts as more than a static symbol – its raised platform hosting formal and impromptu performances, and its stairs serving as both a social gathering place, and a venue for quiet contemplation.

The monument is designed to be assembled using conventional construction techniques. The steel frames are assembled on the ground and then hoisted into vertical position.

DESIGN TEAM

Jordan Parnass


A glowing gateway to San Juan, the Portal Beacon Monument commemorates the aspirations and ambitions of twenty-first century Puerto Rico. Occupying a prime site in Third Millenium Park, the monument faces due north, framing the view towards the mainland, as well as providing a welcoming beacon for the thousands of ships and airplanes that arrive each year.

The monument stands 100m tall, and incorporates a continuous internal passenger conveyance system, as well as an observation deck and exterior performance platform. The structure is a series of connected tubular steel trusses, clad in concrete, glass, and perforated metal.

Occupying a prominent site within the park, the monument acts as more than a static symbol – its raised platform hosting formal and impromptu performances, and its stairs serving as both a social gathering place, and a venue for quiet contemplation.

The monument is designed to be assembled using conventional construction techniques. The steel frames are assembled on the ground and then hoisted into vertical position.

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