Have you heard of Mukesh Ambani? No? Well you need to at least familiarize yourself with his house. Valued at over US $2 billion, other than Buckingham Palace there is not a more expensive home in the world!
Mukesh is the Chairman of India-based petrochemical giant Reliance Industries. With an estimated net worth of US$41 billion, if anyone has the spare change to build their own skyscraper palace, its Ambani!
Atop six levels of parking lots, Antilla’s living quarters start at a lobby with nine elevators, as well as many storage rooms and lounges. Down dual stairways with silver-covered railings there is a sizable ballroom with 80% of its ceiling covered in crystal chandeliers. The hall opens to an indoor/outdoor bar, green rooms, powder rooms and permits access to the nearby “entourage space” for your entourage to relax.
Antillia features an ice room where residents and guests can escape the Mumbai warmth to a chilled room dusted by artificial snow flurries. The family can also enjoy an open garden and atrium filled with sprawling lawns and flowers. An inner core area on the garden level includes entertaining rooms and balconies that provide views of Mumbai.
Antillia is 550 feet high with over 400,000 square feet of space. Layouts are juxtaposed with elements of Indian culture. By way of example, the sinks in the the entertainment level, which includes a movie theater and wine space, are shaped like ginkgo leaves (native to India) using the stem extending to the tap to direct the water to the container.
The Ambanis consulted the artists behind the Mandarin Oriental, with Hirsch Bedner Associates and design companies Perkins + Will, located in Dallas and Los Angeles. Plans were drawn up where no two floors are the same in either substance or layout. The top floors of entertaining space, where Ambani intends to entertain company guests (or simply relax) offer panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. The shape of Antilla is based on Vaastu, an Indian heritage similar to Feng Shui that’s believed to transfer energy beneficially by items, rooms and strategically placing materials throughout the construction.
All this requires a 24/7 staff of 600! Not bad for just one family!