Work is continuing to progress on the Aman New York, a residential and hotel conversion of the 100-year-old Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue in Midtown. Originally designed by Warren and Wetmore, the 26-story structure once served as the first home of the Museum of Modern Art in the early 20th century. Now the building, which is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 57th Street, is getting a new life as a hotel and condominium property designed by Jean-Michel Gathy and developed by OKO Group.
Cantilevering sidewalk scaffolding covers the Bvlgari, Ermenegildo Zegna, Mikimoto, and Piaget flagship storefronts.
Above, construction has progressed significantly since our last update in September. The reinforced concrete expansion on the western face has reached its pinnacle and is now enclosed in protective white plastic.
The Crown Building itself and its ornate crown remains preserved with some scaffolding built to renovate sections of the exterior.
The southern elevation is also shaping up, with workers on scaffolding rigs assembling a stepped glass curtain wall at multiple points on the building’s addition.
A steel frame has been assembled on the tenth floor setback to the east of the mechanical hoist. This appears to be the glass box depicted in the main rendering as part of a landscaped outdoor terrace.
Renderings released last fall reveal the interiors of the building, which will house the Aman Hotel from floors four through 24. Directly above will be 22 condominiums spanning 95,000 square feet, for an average of more than 4,300 square feet apiece, with sales led by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. Aman New York’s hotel portion will occupy 117,000 square feet with 83 guest rooms, three restaurants, 7,000 square feet of outdoor dining, an underground jazz bar, a subterranean wine library, an Italian restaurant called Nama, and a tenth-floor wraparound garden terrace on the main setback with an additional cigar bar. The Aman Spa will span nearly 25,000 square feet and feature a 20-meter indoor swimming pool surrounded by fire pits and daybeds, two spa houses with a double treatment room, sauna and steam rooms, and an outdoor terrace with cabana, daybed, and fireplace.
A formal completion date has not been announced, though sometime by the end of 2021 is possible.