When a house costs around $1 billion, the boundaries are already crossed. It doesn’t matter what the price is, what matters is the comfort, beauty and luxury.
The house we are talking here, belongs to a man who can be rightly called as the uncrowned king of India. He is undoubtedly the most pioneering Indian that the world may have ever seen and hence Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Managing Director, Reliance Industries which happens to be India’s biggest conglomerate, needs no introduction. I don’t want to introduce him as a filthy rich man as that would be a huge understatement. Antilia is the name of a twenty-seven floor personal home in South Mumbai is reported to be the most expensive home in the world. It has been described as the “Taj Mahal of 21st century India”.
Antilia is named after the mythical island in the Atlantic, Antillia. The Antilia building is situated on a 4,532 square meters plot at Altamount Road, Cumballa Hill, South Mumbai, where land prices are upward of US$10,000 per square meter.
The structure was designed by U.S. architects Perkins & Will, using principles of Vaastu Shastra to maximize “positive energy”. No two floor plans are alike, and the materials used in each level vary widely. The house will include 400,000 square feet of living space, parking space for 168 cars, a one-floor vehicle maintenance facility, nine elevators in the lobby, three helipads and an air traffic control facility, health spa, yoga studio, small theatre with a seating capacity for 50 on the eighth floor, there is a swimming pool, three floors of hanging gardens, a ballroom, and an ice room infused with man-made snow flurries.
I must say that Mr. Ambani has taught us a very good lesson of how to live a life “King Size”.