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
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.