Aman will open a new urban sanctuary in New York in 2020.
The property, located on Manhattan Island, will blend the pulse of the city with the soul of Aman, joining the much-lauded Aman Tokyo as the brand’s second urban destination, and will be Aman’s third US property after Amangiri and Amangani.
Situated in the heart of Manhattan at the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, overlooking Central Park, Aman New York will occupy the iconic Crown Building andt will also house the first urban Aman Residences, a collection of just 20 incomparable private homes.
Embodying the splendour of the Gilded Age and dynamism of Fifth Avenue, the Crown Building is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Manhattan. Built in 1921, it is one of the finest examples of neo-classical Beaux-Arts architecture in the Big Apple.
730 Fifth Avenue defies description in both stature and story. Beyond the park views, the location and the absolute rarity of the building as one of the few vestiges of old New York, this building represents a unique opportunity for Aman, its guests and permanent residents. As it embarks on a new chapter ahead of its centenary in 2021, the Crown Building – formerly the first home of the Museum of Modern Art – will undergo a monumental transformation, which will see it fully restored to its original splendour and imbued with the spirit of Aman.
Vladislav Doronin, Chairman and CEO of Aman, says, “Aman has always sought the finest locations in the world, and we recently expanded our vision to include select cities. The Crown Building represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring Aman to New York, the world’s greatest and most dynamic city.”
Designed by renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston – a long-time Aman collaborator, and lead designer, Aman New York will celebrate the brand’s philosophy of creating sanctuaries beyond commonplace notions of luxury, whilst paying homage to the building’s striking architecture and significant history.
Aman New York will occupy the entire Crown Building, excluding the retail space on the first three floors. It will comprise 83 elegant guest rooms and suites, three principal social dining venues, a comprehensive spa, 19 private Aman Residences on the upper floors, plus an extensive, one-of-a-kind, five-storey, park-view Penthouse at the building’s apex. There will also be an Aman Members’ Club, and Aman New York will house facilities exclusively for the use of its Members.
The Fit Out
After arriving via an understated entrance, guests’ first encounter of Aman New York will be its dramatic 10th-floor double-height Sky Lobby. Its multi-layers of textured ceiling panels in muted tones will gently hint at Asian influences and set the scene for an aesthetic journey in deference to Aman’s Asian roots.
The 83 guest rooms and suites start at 70 square metres, each have a functioning fireplace – something of a rarity in New York – and will be among the largest in the city. A subtle design narrative will feature throughout, typified by nuanced hues and innovative lighting that will cocoon guests, while a more modern ambience can be introduced thanks to a unique pivoting door, which can be opened to integrate the contemporary fixtures and furnishings of the bathroom.
Extending over three storeys on the 7th, 8th and 9th floors, the Aman Spa will cover 2,000 square metres and will be reserved exclusively for hotel guests, residents and Club Members. The centrepiece of this elevated sanctuary will be its 25-metre indoor swimming pool – flanked by alcoves of double daybeds and fire pits. Two Spa Houses will provide guests with an all-encompassing spa journey, indulging them with comprehensive private facilities including a spacious double treatment room, sauna and steam rooms complemented by hot and cold plunge pools, and an outdoor terrace with cabana, daybed and fireplace.
Buzzy public spaces and social venues will appeal to guests and New Yorkers. Headlining these will be its 10th-floor wraparound Garden Terrace – a rare find in one of the most densely populated cities in the world – encompassing a bar with panoramic views of Central Park, and a Cigar Bar. Offering year-round dining, the Terrace will be a must-visit rarefied perch with water features adding a soft and soothing touch, and a central fire pit adding a sense of drama and energy. A stylish Piano Bar in the Sky Lobby, two restaurants – including Aman’s recently introduced Japanese culinary concept, Nama – plus the Wine Library (which will be available for private wine tastings and events), and a subterranean Jazz Club.
Nestled in the building’s ornamental gilded crown, the Crown Penthouse will present the rarest of opportunities to own a New York icon – a piece of the city’s architectural history, reimagined for the 21st century. Offering consummate privacy with uninterrupted views of Central Park, the Penthouse will have a wraparound terrace and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. All Residences, some with sweeping outdoor terraces with heated pools, will be fully serviced by Aman, and Residents will have access to a Members’ Lounge, in addition to the use of all hotel facilities.