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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Arrogance or elegance? The most expensive house in the world

Antilia, is the proposed name for a twenty-seven floor (560 ft or 173 m) building presently under construction in Mumbai for Indian businessman, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, whose family will occupy about 35,000 square feet (3,300 m2).

Named after the mythical island in the Atlantic, Antillia, it is designed by Chicago architects, Perkins & Will, is estimated to cost US$2 billion, and is inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Situated on a 4,532 square metres (48,780 sq ft) plot at Altamount Road on the famed Malabar Hill, where land prices are upward of US $10,000 per square meter, the building will house parking for 168 cars, a movie theatre for audience of fifty, living quarters on four floors and three helipads
Check out Mukesh Ambani’s new home pictures:
Mukesh Ambani's Rs 8000 crores Home Photo 01 of 10

1. Antilia, Mukesh Ambani New Home
Mukesh Ambani's Rs 8000 crores Home Photo 01 of 10

2. Nine elevators dot the lobby floor: Two are designated for parking areas, three for guest quarters, two for the Ambani family residences and two for service. The lobby opens to numerous lounges, reception areas and powder rooms. Dual stairways lead from the lobby floor down to the ballroom, which is designed in an open layout with a two-story roof.
Mukesh Ambani's Rs 8000 crores Home Photo 03 of 10

3. Ballroom : The most striking features of the Antilla ballroom are the crystal chandeliers that will take up approximately 80% of the ceiling. The silver stairways lead to a central landing, behind which two retractable doors can open to display works of art. There is also a stage for entertainment or speeches, with a projection screen behind it. A kitchen, about the same size as the ballroom itself, can service hundreds of guests.
Mukesh Ambani's Rs 8000 crores Home Photo 04 of 10

4. Bathroom : One of Antilla’s key design themes is the mix of lavish features seen in worldwide homes and elements that are distinctly Indian. The Gingko-leaf sink designs are a good example. Native to India,
the leaves in the sinks are shaped in such a way that their stems guide water into the bowl created by the basket of the leaf.
Mukesh Ambani's Rs 8000 crores Home Photo 05 of 10

5. Traditional Lounge : Ambani’s home features countless lounges, offering Reliance Industries guests a quiet escape. Chandeliers and mirrors are a common feature of these rooms, as are finely woven Indian area rugs.
Mukesh Ambani's Rs 8000 crores Home Photo 06 of 10

6. Modern Lounge : Each space and floor uses materials not seen anywhere else. The idea is that spaces will blend into one another, giving the impression of consistency and flow, while at the same time displaying different influences and traditions. This furniture, floors, lines and dark woods of this lounge have a more minimalistic approach than the home’s other lounges.
Mukesh Ambani's Rs 8000 crores Home Photo 07 of 10

7. Entertainment Level : It’s very common in large homes to have a theater or screening room, but usually they’re just large projection screens with a few nice seats. The Ambani’s theater is more like those seen in
George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch or Frank Pritt’s Portabello Estate–a full-fledged theater, indistinguishable from a cinema. A wine room, snack bar and entertaining space, including couches and tables, fill out the room. This is a detail from a floor plan rendering.
Mukesh Ambani's Rs 8000 crores Home Photo 08 of 10

8. Health Level : The indoor/outdoor health level features a lap pool and Jacuzzi that take in views of the city skyline, as well as lounge chairs shaded by trees. Yoga and dance studios, changing rooms for men and women, gyms and a solarium with a juice bar fill out the interior space. There are plans to include an ice room in the center space, where the Ambanis could sit on a hot Mumbai day to cool off in a man-made snow flurry. This is a detail from a floor plan rendering.
Mukesh Ambani's Rs 8000 crores Home Photo 09 of 10

9. Garage : The first six floors of the residence will be dedicated to parking for the Ambani family, guests and employees. Hanging vertical gardens dot the exterior. While they make for good decoration, their key function has to do with energy efficiency: The hydroponic plants, grown in liquid nutrient solutions instead of soil, lower the energy footprint of the home by absorbing heat and sunlight and providing shade that helps keep it cool.
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10. Roof : The top floor features a covered, outdoor entertaining space with panoramic views of the Mumbai skyline as well as the Arabian Sea. On those days when it’s too hot, or cold, an interior space with floor-to-ceiling windows provides the same luxury.
In the News: 
~ Arrogance or elegance? The most expensive house in the world –http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/arrogance-or-elegance-the-most-expensive-house-in-the-world-851043.html
~ Inside The World’s First Billion-Dollar Home – http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/30/home-india-billion-forbeslife-cx_mw_0430realestate.html

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