Work is progressing on the addition and partial residential conversion of the 99-year old Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue. Originally designed by Warren and Wetmore, the 26-story structure has a rich history that includes serving as the original home of the Museum of Modern Art. The current transformation into Aman New York, a mixed-use hotel and residential property, is designed by Jean-Michel Gathy and is being developed by OKO Group. Renderings released last fall reveal the interiors of the building, which will house the Aman hotel from floors four through 24. The 22 condominiums are planned to span 95,000 square feet, for an average of more than 4,300 square feet apiece. Douglas Elliman Development Marketing is handling sales of the 22 condominiums.
Recent photographs show a section of the façade removed on the western elevation to make way for the new reinforced concrete addition to the superstructure. We can see the square columns and wooden formwork that are helping to create the floor slabs. The exterior hoist on West 57th Street remains in place and reaches all the way to the upper levels, just below the crown.
Considerable progress can be seen on the southern side facing West 56th Street. The built-up steel and concrete structure appears to have the first section of the curtain wall frames going up above the ground floor. It is unclear from the renderings how this side of the Crown Building will ultimately look, so it will take a little more time to see the outcome of the envelope.
Photographs from above reveal the entire Crown Building and its profusion of elegant gold appointments.
The hotel is planned to occupy 117,000 square feet under hospitality brand Aman, featuring a total of 83 guest rooms, three restaurants, and 7,000 square feet of outdoor dining. 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. Aman New York will also feature 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.
Aman New York’s website calls for the project to be completed and open this year, though sometime in 2021 is more likely given the current state of work.