architect Jean-Michel Gathy on the design of Aman New York • Hotel Designs


Aman New York is located at the prestigious address of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street and has undergone an extensive transformation to become Manhattan’s new destination for unparalleled luxury, home to 83 elegant rooms and suites, three social restaurants, a world-class spa and an exclusive collection of 22 private homes representing early Aman city residences.

True to the Aman DNA of understated elegance, offering sublime privacy, unparalleled service and relaxed elegance, Jean-Michel Gathy has integrated the aesthetics of East and West and retained the palpable tranquility with the brand’s Asian roots.

“Everything in Aman’s DNA is to be underestimated,” Gathy shares. “We didn’t completely bring minimalism to Aman New York but sincerely respected Aman’s DNA and associated it with the energy that New York City needs.”

“Peace is Aman’s philosophy. What makes Aman New York peaceful is the high level of attention given to the acoustic treatment inside the building, enhanced by layers of paneling and materials as well as the incorporation of the fireplace to create a calm environment. in the rooms. There is a strong sense of partnership in the design of the Crown Building and the layout of the interiors, they are conceptually geometric, powerful and simple. The soft colors, the simplicity of the materials and the general harmony create a feeling of peace everywhere. It is a composition and not a juxtaposition of elements.

fireplace and seating in neutral tones in the bedroom at Aman New York

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Aman New York has refined its offering with its transformative influence on mind, body, and spirit through harmoniously designed environments that transport guests out of their everyday lives. With Gathy’s signature use of Asian features, the design transformation features the balance and subtle juxtaposition of many contrasts – old and new, East and West, natural and man-made.

wooden table and natural light in the corner suite of Aman New York

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The arrival experience sets the tone for an aesthetic journey that complements the powerful statement of the building’s golden splendor. The double-height atrium with multi-layered textured ceiling and wall panels clad in natural fabrics in muted tones alludes to the brand’s Asian heritage while imbuing the spaces with the meditative beauty and inimitable tranquility of the nature with floral arrangements inspired by Japan’s classic Ikebana, celebrating the relentless heartbeat of Manhattan.

Each suite has a working fireplace, a first in New York, while the bathrooms are plush and oversized with oval tubs, marble rainfall showers, and double sinks. Large windows provide dynamic views and the use of organic and natural materials brings a sense of balance and harmony reminiscent of Eastern Aman resorts. Oak, walnut, and aromatic cinnamon woods add sparkle to finishes, floors, doors, and bespoke furniture, while bronze, brass, and blackened and stainless steel lend sparkling warmth and comfort. bold look. Inspired by the airy architecture of Aman’s properties in Southeast Asia, pairs of bespoke double-pivot doors have been created to form bespoke center partitions, allowing clients to transform the atmosphere, creating a open-plan layout or intimate private spaces.

garden patio with screens and fire pit at Aman New York

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Aman New York’s crowning glory is its wide selection of exciting social venues, the spacious 7,000 square foot leafy terrace on the 14th floor offers year-round dining, a rarity in one of the world’s most densely populated cities. . The garden terrace is flanked by water features adding a soft, soothing touch, and fire pits creating a sense of drama and energy. Restaurants include Arva, Aman’s convivial Italian restaurant, and Nama, Aman’s take on the Japanese “WASHOKU” culinary tradition, which features a Japanese Hinoki wooden counter for fine omakase-style cuisine.

“Aman New York has included all the facilities you would want on your doorstep,” commented Gathy. “Travelers can take to the streets of the city and find themselves in the epicenter of the city, but when you want to come back and relax, you have your own sanctuary. The venue we designed is extremely well located, in the middle of the action, yet still a peaceful retreat.

Respecting the historic legacy of the Crown Building, the opening of Aman New York marks a new era for hospitality and is the culmination of a monumental transformation of the iconic Crown Building in Manhattan. This century-old Beaux-Arts building has been the subject of a remarkable restoration and transcendent design by Jean-Michel Gathy, carefully reimagining urban design for the epic conversion to transport guests away from the hectic pace of the city. towards the inimitable tranquility of A Man.

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