KRJDA’s design for Palladium Residence Hall and Athletic Center responds to the needs of the university and students while still retaining the sense of a vibrant commercial streetscape at ground level. The building is situated at the center of NYU campus, located between 13th and 14th Streets west of Third Avenue. It houses nearly 1,000 students and a 63,000 square foot expansion of the university's athletic and recreation center. KRJDA’s design features a handsome modern façade composed of stone and masonry, the preferred vernacular materials of the existing university buildings.
The new residence hall and athletic center functions as the campus nucleus, operating as the heart of the NYU community. The 450,000 square foot building features a dining facility serving 350 students, an NCAA regulation-sized basketball court housing six baskets suitable for both half and court play, fitness and exercise spaces with dance, aerobics and weight rooms, lockers, and an NCAA lap and diving pool. Designed to feel like a private health club, the Athletic Center features the latest in cutting edge sports equipment and technology. The Center’s auxiliary gym is outfitted with a high-tech sound system, rowing machines, and progressive fitness equipment for recreation classes. The pool has eight 25-yard lanes, six 25-meter lanes, and a diving well for two 1-meter and one 3-meter diving boards. Palladium Hall hosts all of NYU’s athletic events including swimming, basketball, fencing, wrestling, volleyball, and track and field. The exercise facility accommodates an extensive range of training machines and equipment. The lounge area, which overlooks both the pool and the main gym area, features a snack bar and a pro shop. Other areas of the program include a 3,140-square-foot weight room complete with free weights, plate-loaded machines, and selectorized machines, and a 3,433-square-foot aerobic fitness room dedicated to cardio equipment, including stairsteppers, treadmills, elliptical trainers, and exercycles.