Palladium 1985
Lobby Stair 
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PAUSE
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Client:Ian Schraeger
Project Category:Commercial Entertainment
Architect:Arata Isozaki & Associates
Completion Year:1985
Location:New York, New York
Lighting:Fisher Marantz Stone
The Palladium was the world's ultimate disco. This building within a building was brought to life by a team of technical wizards charged with transforming static architecture into kinetic sculpture. From its celebrity-studded opening  through the end of the 1980s, the Palladium was one of the major features in a vibrant New York club scene.

The product of a multidisciplinary collaboration headed by Isozaki Architects, the result combined Paul Marantz's lighting and development of the dance floor concept, FDA's design for the rigging for two 8,000-pound video monitors; Fisher Marantz Renfro Stone's design for the architectural and decorative lighting systems, and contemporary art installations selected by Henry Geldzahler, former curator of contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

FDA designed all the lighting control systems, rigging, and stage machinery, including the two big video arrays now ubiquitous, these were the first ever to be conceived and built.

By any description, the Palladium was a landmark of its time and an extraordinary environment. It was torn down in late 1998 to make room for a student housing dormitory for New York University.