Work Continues on Crown Building’s Conversion Into Aman New York at 730 Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan

Aman New York.. Rendering by OKO group

Work continues to progress on the hotel and residential conversion of the 100-year-old Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue in Midtown into the Aman New York. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy and developed by OKO Group, the project involves the construction of a low-rise annex and the restoration and repurposing of the original 26-story structure, which was designed by Warren and Wetmore and served as the first home of the Museum of Modern Art. The property is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 57th Street.

Since our last update in March, more scaffolding and black netting has gone up around the lower floors on the northern and eastern elevations, while work on the expansion along 56th Street is now close to completion.

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The upper floors of the Crown Building appear fully restored, with their gold-colored ornamental touches and elegantly decorated crown shining beautifully. All the immaculate details and craftsmanship will be further highlighted when spotlights illuminate the exterior at nighttime, as depicted in the main rendering. The construction hoist on the wider northern elevation remains in place and could likely stay there for a few more months.

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The following photos show the progress on the low-rise annex on the southern end of the property, where all of the windows now appear in place. Portions of this façade are covered in scaffolding and netting, though this could be disassembled in the coming weeks.

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Crown Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Aman Hotel will occupy floors four through 24, and directly above will be 22 condominium units spanning a total of 95,000 square feet. Each is expected to average more than 4,300 square feet with sales led by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. Aman New York’s hotel space will take up around 117,000 square feet and provide 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 come with a 20-meter-long 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 could conceivably finish and open sometime in the first half of 2022.

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6 Comments on "Work Continues on Crown Building’s Conversion Into Aman New York at 730 Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | August 20, 2021 at 9:19 am | Reply

    These photos beyond words, inside photos show what was going on it happened. Outside photos, I use my pure freedom to comment: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. The ‘Crown’ was one of the buildings that spoke the loudest to me..”This is not for you.”

  3. David of Flushing | August 20, 2021 at 2:22 pm | Reply

    Curiously, the building was originally intended to be several stories higher and contain a theater. The present building is an example of “gilding the lily” with many gallons of gold paint being used to gussy up the exterior.

  4. So far, well done.

  5. Since this is going to Hotel and Residential from non residential , any idea how much light comes into the windows at night when the building exterior is illuminated ?

  6. It’s great. A survivor

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