Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Palladium at NYU vs Zendai Museum in Pudong

Client: Ian Schrager
Program: Disco Stage & Rigging
Architect: Arata Isozaki & Associates
Architectural Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone & Partners
Completion: 1985

In 1985, famed real estate partners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, owners of the legendary Studio 54, purchased the theater, setting their sights on establishing a second chic New York club. They hired to redesign the cinema. Isozaki gutted much of the inside to create the state-of-the-art club, which featured a 3,200 square foot dance floor. Its ceiling featured artwork by New York artists like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Andy Warhol.

When the Palladium finally opened its doors in 1985, it was an instant smash, attracting 20,000 people per week, including many NYU students. Much like Studio 54, movie stars and musicians frequented the club, receiving VIP treatment while there.


charlie cai said...

I had no idea Palladium was a club. Now I want to dorm there even more.

bash cuz said...

actually when NYU bought it they tore down the old Palladium and rebuilt their own building...still a great dorm though

Joshua said...

Yeah, I believe that Palladium club closed its doors at the end of 1999, and was demolished to build the, according to NYU, much needed new housing space. This was also during a time period in which NYU was on a buying spree of property throught NYC, in which that accumulated a massive debt. So sadly, none of us can actually see the architecture of the Palladium except through pictures (does any one have a link?)