Monday, May 7, 2012
Antilia - World's Most Expensive Home
The Antilia is a more than $1 billion family home in South Mumbai, built for India’s richest man (and Forbes’ fourth richest man) Mukesh Ambani - the billionaire Chairman of Reliance Industries, his wife, three children and his mother. Antilia is named after the mythical island in the Atlantic, Antillia.
The Antilia house which unveiled its first renderings just over two-years ago has become a frightening reality, egregiously boasting 27 stories at 568 feet high, with a total area of over 398,000 square feet of living space. There is around 600 full-time staff to maintain the residence, which was reported in the Indian Media to be the most expensive home in the world.
The Antilia building is situated on a 4,532 square metres (48,780 sq ft) plot at Altamount Road, Cumballa Hill, South Mumbai. The Antilia is the product of a partnership between architecture firms Perkins+Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates. The building has taken nearly three years to complete. Antilia's shape is based on Vaastu and differs in that no two floors are alike in either plans or materials used.
Atop six stories of parking lots having the capacity of 160 vehicles, Antilia's living quarters begin at a lobby with nine elevators, as well as several storage rooms and lounges. The home contains a health club with a gym and dance studio, a swimming pool, a ballroom, guestrooms and a 50-seater cinema as well. Three helicopter pads have been installed on the roof.
It has been described as the "Taj Mahal of 21st century India".