Lori Zimmer

Owners of $1 Billion Antilia House Have Yet to Sleep in World's Most Expensive Residence

by , 05/24/12
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India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has courted excess by building a $1 billion house for himself and his family in Mumbai – however now that the massive building is complete they still have yet to sleep in it! The home, called Antilia, boasts 27 stories, a spa, a yoga studio, a movie theater, hanging gardens, a swimming pool, and an ice room – but for unknown reasons the family still has yet to move in. Although the family denies it, some have speculated that the building does not follow an ancient Indian design philosophy called Vastu Shastra, which is similar to the Chinese practice of Feng Shui.

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Mumbai, Mukesh Ambani, $1 billion house, Vastu Shastra, Antilia, Perkins+ Will, Hirsch Bedner Associates

From afar, Antilia, which was named after an island in the lore of Atlantis, looks like a typical skyscraper. Designed by Perkins+Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates, the 568-foot-tall building is tall enough to hold 60 stories, but Ambani opted for the grandeur of extraordinarily high ceilings. The opulent abode has more than enough room for Abmani’s wife and three children, although some of the world’s poorest people live nearby.

At one point Antilia was pitched as being one of the “greenest” buildings in the world, although any sustainable building strategies appear to have disappeared as the project went from rendering to reality. Early plans featured a foliage-covered façade, which never came into existence.

The rumors as to why the Ambani family hasn’t spent the night are running rampant and range from superstitious beliefs to the placement of the windows on the eastern façade. Either way, the billion dollar home mocks its less fortunate neighbors even more with its unoccupied state.

Via Architizer


 

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4 Comments

  1. Shikkai August 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

    It looks unfinished , if I was the owner I’d sue the architects who came up with this disgrace of a building

  2. acetrip May 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    be known and remembered as selfish man live in a 1 billion dollar home in a poor neighborhood

    live in a 1 million dollar house,
    share the change with your neighborhood mr.Ambani
    be known as a good caring man who helped others

  3. captain ticktock May 25, 2012 at 4:37 am

    It’s obvious – the wife took one look and decided there was no way she was going to live in something so ugly ;-)

  4. mark zed May 25, 2012 at 12:04 am

    this has been posted in so many variants around so many websites over the last year that it’s starting to sound more like an urban myth than a validated “news” story, some thing repeated endlessly with out checking or doing any further investigation.

    Just a week ago the BBC published (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-18113969 )an extract from interview done in November last year (2011) done by Vanity Fair (http://www.vanityfair.com/society/2012/06/ambani-residence-photos-inside-architecture)
    in which the family stated they moved in in September 2011.

    Of course the only way to validate either sides would be to “stake out” the residence old school style.

    OT – Personally I still think it’s one of the ugliest residences ever made.

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