Gallery: World’s Largest and Most Expensive Family Home Completed

 

The “Greenest of All Buildings” was recently completed in Mumbai, India and we couldn’t be more appalled. 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. What at first glimpse looks and sounds like a typical skyscraper is far from it – the Antilla is in fact a $1 billion family home built for India’s richest man (and Forbes’ fourth richest man) Mukesh Ambani, his wife, and three children. Constructed within a country estimated to have one-third of the world’s poorest population, the Antilia truly exemplifies the disease of excessive consumption, extreme wastefulness, and unsustainable living that is permeating today’s society.

The Antilia is the product of a partnership between architecture firms Perkins+Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates. The building, which has taken nearly three years to complete, hosts 27-stories, which are far from modest. The tower would in fact hold 60-stories, had Ambani settled for standard-height ceilings, rather than opting for an exceptionally high floor-to-ceiling program. The building currently stands on Mumbai’s Altamount Road – prime real estate in the dense metropolis – towering over surrounding structures less than half its size.

The home contains a health club with a gym and dance studio, a swimming pool, a ballroom, guestrooms, a variety of lounges, and a 50-seater cinema. Three helicopter pads have been installed on the roof, and a car park for 160 vehicles sits on the ground floor. Clearly more space than a housekeeper, or full hotel staff can handle, the Ambani family has employed a staff of 600 to tend to the home!

While the Antilia initially marketed itself as one of the greenest buildings to in the world, not surprisingly, the singular green element first portrayed in the initial renderings is far from evident. The image once depicting a structure covered in green foliage, has in fact been replaced by a vision of stark steel geometry stacked up towards the sky. Experts are saying that no other private property of comparable size and prominence exists anywhere in the world. We say: GREEN FAIL.

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  1. Subrahmanya GV July 20, 2014 at 5:06 am

    In India no one is forbidden from way to wealth. I strongly disagree with describing India as poorest country. India is now world’s third largest Economy after USA and China, and we have lifted millions of people from poverty over a Decade, which is highest in human History(Told by Obama). According to me poverty means, the land where people have, “least access to the wealth, uncertainty in economy, uncertainty in politics, unsafe to live, no freedom”. India is not belonging any of the above mentioned category. Here who has talent they will easily come up, others take some more time!!. Wait 2020 India is becoming worlds 2nd largest economy (by GDP, and Per capita income).

  2. soglassman July 19, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Wow… pretty freakin ugly too… if ya ask me.

  3. Filipo July 11, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Imelda Marcos has nothing on this one – an entire floor for SHOES ! !

  4. Leo Bassani July 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    most usually the extremely wealthy do this because they can, of course. However, at the end of his life, this building may very well become a museum or something that is used for a greater purpose like many of these have.
    Regardless of what us all think we can do ourselves to ‘save the world’ (certainly not by writing articles) he and his family will do more. Plus, it is not like the owner is a dictator, nor that he is selling stuff nobody wants which in his case is petroleum products.

  5. Tedward Jacobs July 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Well, he’ll be easy to find when they come with the pitchforks.

  6. Jeremy Briggs July 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I do not know much about economics but isn’t it better for billionaires to spend billions than to save billions? When money gets spent it goes back to the people. Another billionaire living in a simple 2br apartment saving his money is causing a much bigger problem.

  7. FightorFlight Movie June 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    This article gives the impression of excess to the extreme but I think there is more to what’s going on here than meets the eye. For a start, there are 600 staff employed in the building which will bring further revenue into the area through taxis, street venders, shops etc. I gather the 600 staff are not singularly tending to his family’s needs as it would appear that they are operating a building for a bigger purpose.

    I would guess that he’s using the building to impress business people / clients etc. Banks, financial companys etc have sky scrapers, why not give them grief as well.

  8. Angie Poldo June 22, 2014 at 6:04 am

    he’s rich yes,and he has every right as to how to spend,but this is just an insane waste of fortune.

  9. litashamli May 17, 2014 at 2:49 am

    He might be rich,but not a human.shame for this nd this is the big sin to india.shame onyourichnworthless fellows.

  10. eisbar April 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    For the people on here who don’t seem to understand the concept of sustainability, let me break this down for you:

    This family of 5 uses 400,000 square ft of space. For 1 person to use 80,000 sq ft of living space and the constant flow of resources to maintain it, is the opposite of sustainable.

  11. Marc Chinama April 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Did you know this tower was actually built so the poor could worship Ambani and his family? To put a tower like this in one of the poorest section of India not to help the people, but instead to have the poor worship him and his family is beyond pathetic. I cannot believe people to this day believe this is a good think.

  12. TBH March 31, 2014 at 5:20 am

    i strongly disagree with people who think that india is one of the poorest country in the world and the building looks gr8

  13. Julia March 26, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    For the people below who commented that the billionaire owner should not have to give to charity and be left alone in his monstrous house, I heartily disagree. One of the main issues is that this massive house, by the fact that is out of scale to it’s surroundings, symbolizes the inequality gap in a very obvious way. If he gives to charity, fine, he should. To be a billionaire is to have more money than any family on earth really needs to live well. Also, if building this house has created 600 jobs, good, but it’s the principle of the thing. The very existence of this private structure built by extreme wealth flaunts the very real poverty that no doubt can be seen right up to the doorstep. It’s as if the owner just didn’t care about the message he was sending to the community. On so many levels it’s not right. He could have built anywhere in the world….

  14. Laura Slade March 25, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I think it\\\’s a good thing that the wealthy and ostentatious in India are setting the standard for Sustainable housing. In 100 years, there will be 100,000 people as wealthy as him, and if they all build sustainable homes after this fashion, India will be in much better shape than the suburbs of Atlanta.

  15. Lisa Beth March 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    This is a beautiful building. It’s unfortunate that it will no longer be sustainable as was planned. I don’t see why it is an issue to build this in a poor country rather than a rich one; especially since they will be employing 600 people. Don’t get me wrong, I find it excessive as a family home but if it creates that many jobs, let them live as they like.

  16. sunny singh December 3, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Are people more concerned for poor people in India or they are concerned that an Indian owes the most expensive residence in the world .

  17. devraj August 12, 2013 at 5:15 am

    @rehat: I don’t understand why people think business tycoon’s like Mr. Ambani should donate or do some charity. Does he charge a single penny from what you earn? No. If you want to use Reliance service, use it; but if you don’t he won’t come to you and ask you to use the services provided by his company. It’s completely your wish. If you want to see India as a developed country ask the politicians to use our money in development and not in his personal development. Try to make India a corrupt free country and I bet you won’t need any business tycoon to do charity for the country. They have done a lot of hard work to reach in that position.

  18. preets34 June 30, 2013 at 10:20 am

    cant a poor country have the most expensive house??the country is poor not the owner!!

  19. forgiven78 June 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    First ~ This house is hideous looking! Proof that having money doesn’t mean you have taste.
    Second ~ No one needs this much space…rather you have the money or not.
    Third ~ It’s located in one of the poorest countries.

  20. rehat April 21, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Awesome, Great! A marvelous piece of monument built by Mukesh Ambani. The second most expensive home is no way near to the mark of this 1 Bn $ mansion. The 3rd expensive house is 198 Mn $ way below, or one fith of the cost of this house!
    I would like to tell, in Mumbai itself there is large slum- Asia\\\’s largest slum Dharavi. Not far from this business capital, there is another place Vidarbha. Millions of farmers have committed suicide in this region because of accute poverty. Not to mention, India Ranks 134 in HDI ranking, way below the mark. Its good that people build these castles- The question is – is that needed ? So much effort has been put by Late. Mr. Dhirubahi Ambani to bring this wealth. Why cannot some amount be use in the development of the people ? Mr. Warren Buffet was one of the richest man but he donated more than 90% or his earnings, he donated 31 Billion Dollar! Mr Buffet could have built a much larger home, if he would have been self-centric.
    In my country, India, many people are below poverty line.
    If business tycoons like Mr. Ambani could donate or do some charity for a cause, he could well light lamps in house of millions. This will not only make people proud but also country which bleeds because of poverty & corruption would indebted!

  21. blackgold March 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    why for a family of #5-no one need that much room to live.the 600 hundred staff menber where do they live do they get paid well do any of the staff live in the home. how many bedrooms and bathrooms do the home. how many hours do it take to clean this large home. how much do there staff get paid per hour in u.s$ dollard $.

  22. emjay2345 February 13, 2013 at 1:07 am

    It’s amazing, gorgeous, awesome. And they employ 600 people just for their home.
    I’m not saying they’re great people, because I don’t know them, but who else can say they employ 600 people personally? Not many. If I had the money, I’d live like that – maybe not quite like that – but richly. And I’d give plenty away, too.
    Money makes money, so after this is built and lived in, there will be money to spread around.

  23. keshavanraj February 11, 2013 at 1:10 am

    super

  24. Kritisundar Barman January 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    One day i will build more buautifull and expensise house in india for my Gurudev and for my wife.

  25. Kwazai January 18, 2013 at 10:47 am
  26. philatonian January 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I think you need to take it down a notch, Diane. The public undoubtedly said the same things about any one of the Vanderbilt’s mansions, and what are they now? Museums, schools, and hotels. Excess waxes and wanes. This is a very select individual, one in four out of billions. If every Kardashaian was erecting a skyscraper to themselves I’d be more inclined to agree with you, but this is an extremely isolated situation. Ambani wanted to leave his mark on the world in the way of a building, and he did. In ten years this building will be an apartment complex.

    I’m more interested in the architectural merits of the property, or the specifics in the claim “Greenest of All Buildings.” You decry it as a fail solely based on its lack of foliage. It’s certainly a green failure by the fact that five people don’t need a carbon footprint (or a staff) this large. But as a building, is its failure solely in its absence of trees? If it once claimed it would be the “Greenest of All Buildings,” there have to be green elements beyond a few planters, elements that are present in this building.

  27. Tom Tom Mallard December 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Pretty ugly for the price but sure inside it’s swank. Ugly.

  28. Delta Pearl December 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    This is a remarkable building, yet it lacks something….A quick easy way to improve this amazing structure would be the sight of the building’s owner hanging by his balls from one of the open floors and swinging in the breeze for all to see. I wonder how much pressure it takes to rupture a pair testicles filled with fortitude.

  29. hkendal October 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    wwowww thats crazy i cant belive it wowwwwww :)

  30. JoLo55 September 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I would love for them to build a huge house for my Foster Kids to live it..

  31. Tassie May 14, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Perhaps there should be more!!! There are now jobs for 600 people.

  32. Yashraj May 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

    @RobertAlan
    Sultan of Brunei’s has no restrictions whatsoever when it comes to land acquisition(since he is pretty much the government), he has built his palace a long time ago whereas Mumbai is one of the most expensive place in the world.

    Even though many people are whining about not donating it to charities, his wife donated millions every year!

    Also, there’s nothing wrong if a man earns enough to spend it on luxury and and comfort for his family and himself.

    Yes, he could have donated all that to charities, but if it’s his money, it’s him who will decide where and how to spend!

    I would pretty much say it shows the prominence of India to the whole world of its potential.

    - Mumbaikar

  33. ankit tiwari April 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    India has enough money to feed it’s residents and so on…..but it’s very badly distributed..which was never the case with India when it was the richest country in the world (middle ages) and the most civilised one….India had always been on socialist lines but the times have changed much. Today’s Indians are blindly emulating Americans- consumption patterns, Culture etc…This will, sadly yes, lead India to nowhere.

  34. waleed anwar September 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

    very beautiful houses sorry i tell a lie

  35. RobertAlan June 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    This place is tiny compared to the home of Sultan of Brunei’s istana nurul iman. His home contains 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, and a floor area of 2,152,782 square feet (200,000 m²). This Indian home is an ugly montrocity that boasts of ignorance and arrogance. You would think that a man who believes in reincarnation would feel uncomfortable wasting so much money in a country so poor.

  36. DMB June 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY: WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN!!!!!!!!!

    GREED, GREED, GREED! OH, DO I MEAN GREEN, GREEN, GREEN?? :>)

  37. Casonfs March 28, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Stop with the hypocrisy everybody, it’s pathetic. In reality, when someone is suffering all unnecessary spending is equal, whether they are massive or small. Don’t crowd the man and complain that he didn’t spend his money perfectly, because NEITHER DO YOU. Frankly, you should be grateful he chose to spend that much money at all, most rich people decide to sit on their billions rather than spend it. It isn’t the most efficient way to spend money, but neither is half the ish you buy, including the computer and internet you are using. If you disagree, than I hope you are using a community computer, and have absolutely nothing that you bought because it was aesthetically pleasing (flowers, painting, types of clothes) do nothing for personal entertainment (movies, buying books, hobbies), and spend all your money/time with charity. All of us can live much more frugally, but that doesn’t mean we have to do so or should. I believe the saying goes: Don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house.

    You could whine about workers wages and locally produced goods all you want, but really that isn’t his fault, that is the government in general. Those workers would be paid the same anywhere else, and people would choose to buy out of country materials if it was cheaper too, it isn’t limited to him because of his wealth, and we shouldn’t attack him specifically for it.

    The billion + jobs DOES HELP the locals, even if it isn’t the most perfect way, the same way you buying a new car helps those who work the factories. Not to mention it may build community pride (Okay, that one was a stretch, the thing is quite ugly).

    Besides, he may have grander plans in mind. He could be wishing this to be the symbol to the community he wishes to build up around him, maybe he will donate most of his wealth to something like the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, maybe he wants to help build up the local community of India and will use his wealth to influence policy girded toward that. Etc etc etc.

    Bill Gates is the 2nd most charitable person in the US, but still lives in a 66,000 square foot home. Think of it this way, this man spent 2.5% of his wealth on his home, while most of us go in debt in our living situations, especially when we can/want to upgrade. This is penny change, but still has a positive impact on the economy and the people in his community, and if it IS positive, even a little, we shouldn’t be raising our flags in protest. The money is back is circulation. He pays the builders/servants, they buy things they need, that employs others etc. Not a perfect way things can be done, but it IS better than nothing.

    The world’s monetary systems aren’t perfect, but the are designed around spending, and opulence can and does help. I don’t believe in the trickle-down system as a theory of taxation, but spending money does equal jobs, whether you agree with it or not. While charity is beneficial and should become part of our routine, it does not create a utopian world or society.

  38. DJR March 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    To the author of this article:

    It’s his money not yours. He can buy or build whatever he wants with his money.

  39. martini-girl December 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    What is with all these opinions supporting this big load of greenwash?? Why are you people even on this site if you can’t see the eco problem with this building?

    This building has nothing to do with how much money or poor taste this man has. It has EVERYTHING to do with its excessive carbon footprint at a time when educated people should know better.

    Made even worse because it is in a country where new wealth (made on the backs of super poor) is beginning to flaunt their excesses aka Dubai.

    And absolute shame should go to the architects for this project. There is nothing more disgraceful than architects who sell their souls for distasteful commissions when they should know better.

  40. NewsCry November 20, 2010 at 2:24 am

    making big seem small like abstract art http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYIo-0qo9FA

  41. blackle4ps3 November 20, 2010 at 2:02 am

    maybe build a big spacecraft next http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYIo-0qo9FA

  42. jendai November 18, 2010 at 12:21 am

    cow dung brain in the richest man’s head

  43. griner November 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    perfect example of what NOT to do with US$ 1 billion…I wonder about the guy\’s karma….

  44. hitesh patel November 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    he deserve it, stop your nonsense comments. he have all the right to do as per his wishes. Appriciate what he has achieved and please respect and admire some one’s achivement. That will take you longer in life.

  45. aditi b November 14, 2010 at 3:14 am

    in my perception of green building.. i dnt believe dat dis is green building…
    27 stories house jst for 5 people.. once it is built it may be green building , but for building it there is large consumption of energy i.e. energy in transportation,labour,material; dat too only for family of 5 pepole.. then how it can b greenest building??

  46. S Sridhar November 13, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Many persons have mentioned that it is his own money. Can anyone, even Warren Buffet would have earned money which is completely accounted and known to the income tax authorities – particularly Mukesh – could he have earned money enough to build an expensive house in addition to all the personal wealth he has?
    Mukesh’ complete known and unknown wealth should be declared public by the income tax authorities.

  47. ChippewaCharm November 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I am appalled by it; this pretentious example of he who has the most toys (biggest, best, most expensive, most outrageous…now add tallest private residence) Wins!! Well, Congrats on your vicarious “victory”

  48. ianingram November 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    The only people that could possibly support this building are the contractors, and employees of this building, and of course media personal assigned to praise this structure. 1 billion could EASILY build 50 Universities and middle schools across the country.

    Wake up people! Constructing a 1 billion dollar home is not achievement. It is a failure. This is a prime example of classic buffoonery. Antillia would have made a great Pharo! Unfortunately for him that moment in history has long past.

    Possessing a value system in which one can honestly view this as a social or personal achievement is a pretty good description of hubris.

  49. malagent November 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    “Constructed within a country estimated to have one-third of the world’s poorest population, the Antilia truly exemplifies the disease of excessive consumption, extreme wastefulness, and unsustainable living that is permeating today’s society.”

    That comment truly exemplifies the moronic, narrow minded world view that permeates today’s society of green freaks. Excessive consumption? Extreme wastefulness? Unsustainable? WTF have you been smoking – oh never mind. Just what, exactly, is unsustainable, wasteful, or excessive about it? You act as though the wealth expended vanishes into thin air rather than being recirculated in the community. Don’t the contractors get paid? don’t the contractor’s employees get paid? Don’t the contractors employees spend the money on themselves and their families? When those employees pay rent don’t the property owners then spend their money on goods or services at some business? Does that business not then pay for its merchandise or supplies and pay its employees? How many times does that billion dollars circulate through the society benefiting everyone along the way?

    See the real problem is not that this man earned a lot of money, it is that you have not. You feel that anything in excess of what you do is a wasteful disease of excess. You use words such as wasteful, disease, excess, appalling, and unsustainable to generate feelings of resentment of achievers. You act as though this somehow takes away from what others can achieve when in reality the exchange of goods and services and payment therefor, benefits all involved.

    Get over yourselves you freaks.

  50. t-man November 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I agree with KC and everyone else that had something positive to say for that matter.
    Personally though, if I had so much money to spend, I would have bought a private island with a much more appealing view and a much less smelly atmosphere:)
    I think Richard Branson had much better taste in this case, lol.

  51. bibhutim November 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

    j_sudhakar is right in saying that indian architects would have produced a building far more appropriate to context and local sensibilities even if it would have suffered a bit in the high tech stuff. But it could have been bought from anywhere in the world of course. The structure could have been more distinguished for the amount spent. The first impression one gets from the photos is: hai ram, he could have done better. A let down for sure, whatever its technological and other merits. To use a more potent metaphor: the bride should have been better looking.

  52. revathi November 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

    house ,no home

  53. ianingram November 8, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    This is sad reality of conspicuous consumption, wasted resources, greed and vanity. Really!!, a private home with 600 servants is a considered a contribution to the economy and an example of job creation? If we were living in the 3rd century that might be true, but in todays reality, this building is nothing more than a monument to the idea of wastefulness.

  54. 2sillytube November 8, 2010 at 12:57 am

    when will someone build Red Dwarf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNn2b9IIA5A

  55. talkshowhost November 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

    This is sick. It is really, really horrendous. Nothing that unearths that much material for ‘one man’ can be considered environmentally sustainable,.. But I suppose it has the bonus of flexibility for future occupancy, right? This has absolutely nothing to do with social or economic sustainability. Perkins + Will should be ashamed; this has nothing to do with architecture.

  56. john_sudhakar November 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Mr Ambani is entitled to whatever he wants to do with his money and we stand in appreciation of his outstanding performances globally! One aspect I know is true . . . if Mr Ambani had worked with the Indian Architects alone, he surely would have come up with a far better structure.

    Western ‘Farts’ in the business, whose knowledge of Indian culture is often biased through negative communication and the movie Slumdog Millionaire, may not have done justice to the design of this record breaking effort.

    The buildings design surely has been heavily influenced by western culture. It is due western understanding of Indian design,’infused’ by western architects that have turned this record breaking structure to what it is!

    Good or bad . . . each unto his own . . . and hats off to the man!

  57. bms November 3, 2010 at 4:08 am

    sure he spent lavishly on the house, but only because he could, and he didn’t steal it from you or me.
    sure he could have spent it on something else, but he IS doing that with the rest of his money, so why whine?
    sure he should be more sensitive to the poverty around him, but he IS and is giving away more than you or I can ever hope to.
    dear holy hypocrites, would it please you if he lived in a house with earth floors and pit latrines?
    do you have any idea how much wealth he has created for the country, how much employment, how much he pays in taxes, and all the positive sides to his enterprise?
    i for one give him all the praise that he deserves.

  58. big-ed November 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    My my, the indignant comments lacking even the most infinitesimal shred of substantiation … Ugly? Yes. However, that was a $1 billion expenditure that would have bolstered the economy and financial well-being of many in his city and country.

  59. jerj3r October 31, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I agree there is nothing green with the building, but on another note hes giving people jobs in a society where you all assume being democratic and fair will work. Bottom line is you can’t control people that have had the mentality of dictatorship and communism at a mass population. Sure you can say, the people in USA and Canada can be free do what we want where we want and have a middle class. You all forgot that china and India account for 3 billion people?? try containing a country with democracy and middle class mentality is not gonna work at a snap of the finger. Don’t think USA has nothing to do with their lack of middle class, sell them the education and technology and then talk about “where is the middle class. The usa has 4xx million combined with 33million in canada. that doesnt even compare with what india and china has to face. There are ups and downs for both worlds. The problem with china and india is suppression of the people, on the other hand there is too much freedom on our side of the leading people to take things for granted and think we are entitled to things meaning less productivity. you will never have a true balance, instead what you have to tackle is making a win win situation with the gov’t of those countries and also a win factor that comes to play in society so both make money. You may say we take advantage of the people with cheap labour, but no we are not. there are just too many people that are willing to work and no jobs. On the other hand you have to look at the productivity of these people vs us people in the north american’s or have you forgotten the teenagers “the next generation” that is suppose to be the next rulers of the world? none of them want to work for a dollar or think they are worth more than they really are. b/c of our poor system in the north america’s, in 50 yrs there will be a lack of jobs b/c big corporations that sally and joe want to work for out source their jobs over seas b/c there are if not equal, more than qualified people who will take on the jobs we think ” we are too good for” for longer hours and a lower cost. now if that happens our economy will crumble for low to mid range jobs. Just wait till china and india catch up on technology. If you haven’t already noticed “The sixth sense device” will kill the america’s if india is to produce this product. phone companies and computer companies will die if this product is not controlled by Corporate USA. And why would the America’s want China and India to have a Middle class, you are simply asking for your own demise. Right now the people in America’s dont want china and india to boom, why you may ask? B/c China is the biggest manufacturer, and USA is the biggest Consumer. So if China doesn’t need the USA for consumption b/c they can purchase their own products they may just cut you off to an extent just to crumble the United states. you dont need to send a war head to kill people, you can hit their wallets and make them suffer. Yes it may or may not happen, but in the end of the day the weaker your dollar the weaker your purchasing power meaning less worth to your economy. So think before you post senseless crap like this. I agree the building is a fake “green building” but people posting that its a waste and that it does no good for the people…. well when you goto your 9-5, ask yourself…. did you put all your chips in a basket and give it back ? and even if you donated so what… did you physically build the well for clean water half way across the world? did you create 600 jobs to feed 600 families? Maybe we should all just stop complaining on how other people spend their hard earned money and start focusing on our own and start making a difference in our own small communities. If we do that, at least you can truly make a difference. The last thing we need is to focus on is other people and what they are doing to cast the mindset focus away from our own problems. You set a good example and everyone follows…. the people not following will be out casted.

  60. ringwraith6 October 28, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Wow. I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t want a house so huge that I could never be really sure that I was alone even if I thought I was. Face it, without electronic monitoring several people could live in the less used areas (if they’re careful) and nobody would know. I don’t think I could deal with that. That’s my only problem with it. Dude made the money and it’s not my place to judge what he does with it as long as it’s legal…it’s not like he’s the first rich person to go a bit over the top…and I doubt if he’ll be the last. I would love to have the opportunity to find out how much personal restraint I would if I had tons of money….

  61. ashwin42 October 26, 2010 at 5:11 am

    @thelastword – Well said.

    To the multitude who praise Mr. Ambani in the comments above…
    Don\’t forget, a lot of that 1 billion went to western countries for architecture, fittings and construction material.

    I do not oppose or condone the building of this home. It is his money after all to do as he pleases, but for Indians to look at this with pride is plain delusional.

  62. justinleemiller October 26, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Compare Mr. Ambani’s home to that of an American billionaire. The American billionaire builds a big compound out in suburbia and forces his staff to spend many hours driving. He builds horizontally across many acres so as not to see, not only the poverty of the city, but even his own wealthy neighbors. I imagine Ambani’s employees range from millionaire executives to cooks and maids, and all of them benefit from the urban setting and vertical form of the building. Some might even walk to work. I am certain all of them have more time with their families due to a shorter commute.

  63. mikeinottawa October 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    If he really did it to employ people why doesn’t he employ 600 people to pick up garbage, or to grow food or a million other things. My guess is he doesn’t give a crap. This is excess to the point of ludicrous. This is an insult to all humanity. How can a person do this with people all around him living is squalor. Why doesn’t he build a high-rise of small apartments and let people live there for free or very little. A billion dollars can house a lot of people! Maybe thousands?

  64. thelastword October 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    The lack of critical thinking of most of the above posters is astonishing. Adding some plants to the facade doesn’t make a building green. Green means minimizing a buildings environmental impact from pre-construction to post-construction. That means how much pollution was generated manufacturing materials, how much fuel was used shipping materials from their origin to the construction site, how much construction waste was generated that is now sitting in landfills, how much water & electricity is required to operate that building annually? The majority of the $1bn construction cost went into building materials, not labor (avg. annual salary for carpenters in India is a little over $4000), so to say that that money went right back into the local economy is a bit of a stretch. And so what if he employs 600 people? He could hire 600 people in a myriad of other capacities, to run schools, community programs, build housing developments, etc. which would have far longer lasting impact than those people merely being his servants. To laud someone for such a selfish use of resources is simply awful. It’s exactly this kind of thinking that got the United States in the trouble it’s in; apparently no one seems to learn. But of course, it is his money, he is free to do what he wants with it. He and his family have the opportunity to shape the future of their country in a positive way. Instead he’ll be remembered for creating a grandiose, wasteful atrocity.

  65. Makemea greenie October 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Some comments are really offensive here….I am a greenie but the racist hippies here are making me have a second thought. This building is ugly and deserves to be called out as such…insulting a person and his country is just wrong..

  66. workshopq October 25, 2010 at 4:33 am

    For everyone saying that the money could have been used to make parks, community centers, feed hungry people etc etc…please visit the country before simply reading statistics and then commenting. There are enough of those in the country but just not glorified as how it is done in other countries.
    Mr. Ambani is providing employment to 600 people and the $1 billion spent on the house has gone back right into the economy itself. And more than anything else, who are we to judge and decide what he should be doing with the money HE has earned for himself.

  67. KC October 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    1) No one has to climb on the backs of others to get rich. One has to provide them with goods and services that the want, and give them jobs. Those poor, poor exploited people. :/

    2) This ‘wasteful monstrosity’ in this poverty-stricken country employed probably thousands of people to build and 600 people to run and maintain. Those poor, poor exploited people; they have jobs and money now. Terrible! :/

    3) Giving that money to charity, as someone suggested he should have done, may have given some soup to poor people for a year or so. Producing and providing continuous income for people and capital for the economy is far more valuable to everyone–even the poor. Poor India! Such a bastard this guy is, producing so much capital for India that he can afford a huge house! How dare he! :/

    There is a great deal of ignorance of economics in popular culture. Wishful thinking doesn’t change reality; production does. This guy is a hero and should be regarded as such.

  68. tamara hisham October 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Talking in general, the building is very ugly, regardless of its location. Waste of money for nothing, other thing, I am pretty sure that before building it, they didn’t look at the contexts; it is appearing from the middle of nowhere.

  69. kevinatwork October 20, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Well its one project that went from initial sketches to final form without too many changes. It should be applauded for that.

    It is not yet green, the green has not grown on the mesh panels on the sides!

  70. AK12919 October 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani (his brother) were heirs to the biggest conglomerate in India – Reliance Industries. Their father built up this empire through hard work and determination. Having risen up from the vast middle class, Dhirubhai Ambani chose to give back by creating a vast number of jobs through his company, and Indian commerce is the better off for him. If his son now wants to use a fraction (yes $1B is a fraction of their wealth) of their money to build himself a house, who are we to judge? This money was not acquired dishonestly, and he has more than done his part for the poor. If you’re so concerned about the welfare of the Indian poor, I suggest you donate even a fraction of your own money before judging Mukesh for using his hard earned money for his pleasure.

    Also let’s stop the India bashing – comments like ”
    Welcome to the indian brain. No wonder this country is so poor.” are insular, offensive and out of line.

  71. brian gossan October 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

    The peons have spoken … like a nose …everyone has a opinion…
    I rejoice with his families success and creativity…no one needs to ask anyone what they think when building a personal home…most are jealous…most don’t employ or do a percentage of this families kindness…from the west..I say..heartfelt congratuations…God Bless You and Yours…inspiring!

  72. paulus rankel October 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Lovely house. Mr Ambani can do what he wants because its his money. Only thing bad that I can think of is the threat of terrorism in India. Mr Ambani should make sure that the airspace around his house is guarded. Some crazy terrorist will try to attack his home, that’s my fear.

  73. pradeep kurmi October 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

    very beautifull ambani antala house

  74. johnnygoldfish October 18, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Its not as nice as my home!

  75. ozkhalsa October 18, 2010 at 2:32 am

    The owner’s father made India what it is. His company is the most widely held public shareholding company in India. No, oops i am sorry, is the most “widely held” Public Company in the whole of the “Capitalist World”. Any Finance rookie would know that the best way to distribute wealth is to distribute it at its source and that is what reliance group in India did when this was un-thinkable and against all obstacles. This is how they transformed India to what it is, no activist/NGO/Green Wash or Government was able to do it. Nothing to take away from the great “Western Philanthropists” who first accumulated the wealth and then are distributing it as “Charity” this includes the sage of Omaha and the great Bill Gates.
    These days “western attitudinal hypocrisy” has become visible at every corner. As a green activist myself i do not approve of the way of Antalia entirely but neither would I disapprove of it considering comparison with many extravagant palaces in the whole world including the Western and Chinese world this is no less or no more.
    The teaming poor of India if the Western world wants to help first it needs to overcome it’s Hypocritical attitude to anything which is different from the perceived good which is considered the only Gospel truth. Today in competitive society where humans are all pitting themselves one against the other , rather than being ONE as united this is but to be expected. Opinions matter so do not voice them without knowing the whole truth.
    To fight terrorism Mr Ambani chose to remain in the Mumbai of teeming millions, in which if he steps out we have the largest slums in the world, he could have easily bought an island and lived there in peace forever , but he chose to be part of India in his own way. So I give him credit for the same. Because of security reasons he needs this kind of residence and who knows this better than Western world where the President of the country has about 2 Air Force Ones at his disposal and beck and call!

  76. illegallydead October 18, 2010 at 12:30 am

    aardman: just saying, but that sounds an awful lot like eco-terrorist conspiracy… Maybe take it down a notch?
    Anyway, like any other MASSIVE house, I have to say that is a way bit ridiculous, and not exactly that great of a design to boot. But, his money; and he did spend a lot of it, I imagine at least a good portion of which ended up in the hands of those he employed and contracted to build the monstrosity…

  77. aardman October 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Very conspicuous. Very prominent. The World Trade Center was very conspicuous and very prominent. Oh, but Mumbai is not a target of terrorist attacks. Oh no, it isn’t at all. Not at all.

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  79. Bill F October 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    oh you hippies – you can’t tell whether or not this building will have a positive or negative impact on the environment in the years to come just by looking at it. It could very well be the most green structure in that country and we wouldn’t know it unless we took a look at the engineering and design plans.

    I’m an environmental engineer with 17 years of experience. Trust me: appearances can certainly be deceiving.

    I congratulate the dude. He had the testicular fortitude to go out there and dream big. How many of you have done the same?

  80. orthorim October 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Oh, please. Who wouldn’t build their own skyscraper if they had $1Bn to throw at it? Spare us the hypocritical whining! Why mention the poor masses? Did they lose anything in this project, would they have been better off with the $1Bn invested in mutual funds or in a swiss gold account? The hypocrisy is killing me.

    That said, you may proceed to criticize this building for its ugliness and complete and utter lack of taste. It’s butt fugyl, no doubt about that, and with $1Bn they should have done (much) better.

  81. singeami October 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I can’t believe how gullible India’s middle class are…To think you actually applaud this twit who’s done nothing but climb over the backs of others to get where he is and once he gets to ‘his dream’ what does he do? Wastes it on himself…some example.

  82. squarelime October 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    maybe they designed it to collapse in a few years? viva la revolution

  83. Lainey61 October 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Did this person really to need to build such a monstrous eyesore?! It makes me wonder in a country with such crushing poverty and human want he might have spent half of what he did on the ‘house’ and give to charities that would help his fellow countrymen. Imagine what 500 million dollars could do to help the needy, never mind the country itself! I don’t know if he is religious at all, but you know how the saying goes “Karma’s a BITCH!”

  84. Pythogoras1 October 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I find it hilarious when western media suddenly takes on the role of the “voice of poor people of India”. The truth is Mr Ambani is a very respected person in India. The story of his family is a rags to riches story that inspires a very ambitious population of India.
    His businesses employ thousands of people,are the most well paying for employees and successful business houses in India and in some cases the world.This house is a statement to the world and message to the Indian people that anything is possible with dedication and hard work!

    I don’t think most of western media understands or rather takes the pains to do some research, especially when it comes to developing countries.

  85. dim October 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

    In the second rendering, it shows that they added another section to the top. Apparently 23 floors just wasn’t enough so they had to add another 4.

  86. Dim October 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

    When I first heard about this, they said that the building was for the business headquarters and the residence portion was only the upper 10 stories, which is still a lot.

    Doesn’t seem like that’s the case.

  87. sbc_green October 15, 2010 at 4:14 am

    I guess this building would have recieved a very different kind of review if it was built in the USA or some European location.

  88. barrett October 15, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Lesson learned: a billion dollars cannot buy good taste, the building is just butt ugly!

  89. Ananth October 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    kudos to antilla for having the balls to build his dream.

  90. ellou October 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    there’s absolutely nothing green about this building – once that foliage grows, it’s just that: foliage on a building. it’s like putting a “i <3 the earth" bumper sticker on your hummer and saying it's an eco-friendly car.

    and even if ambani employs 600 people now and had employed x number of people to build it, this money could have been better spent investing in the local infrastructure providing homes to people in need, starving people in india, better schools, parks, community space… if Ambani wanted to essentially piss on mumbai to leave his mark, he should have built a park and named it after himself. he still woould have been left with billions of dollars. hopefully his kids will grow up to be more modest.

    it's a sad sad day when your dream is to own a 27-story house for your family of five. disgusting.

  91. miffiffippi October 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    It’s his money, he’s allowed to do whatever he wants with it. He’s employing 600 people to keep his home, that’s how I look at this. He’s giving the better part of 1000 people jobs in a country which, like you said, suffers from excessive poverty. And I think you are a bit premature with the “green fail” comment considering that the structure that WILL end up holding the folding green wall is very evident in the pictures you have shown. What’s also obvious is that this element will be the last part of the project to be installed as it requires all other construction to be completed before being executed. As an architect I am a very big subscriber to moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle, yet I congratulate Mr. Ambani for dreaming big and going through with his dream. Without big plans, this world would never see any sort of ingenuity and although you may be unable to see the merit in this building, there are certainly aspects of the design and execution of this tower and its conceptual form that are valuable in the world of design.

  92. jennacatao October 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Welcome to the indian brain. No wonder this country is so poor.

  93. Tod October 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    The owner usually has to give permission for their plans to be posted. Being that the man is the 4th richest man on the planet, I would expect that he would prefer that criminals not know the layout of his home, and probably would not give permission for even photos to be published, not like it isn’t visible on the skyline.

    Just think of all the people he employed to build it. He put a billion dollars back into their economy.

    Most of us spend a great deal more than 1/20th of our net worth building a house, so relatively speaking his house is cheap. He should have spent more like 6 billion on that house. What a cheapskate.

  94. karenunderstanding October 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Oh, whatever. Green is the new status-competition. We asked for it!

  95. kristoffe October 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    just think when they die, maybe the caste system will fail, and that will be a kill public boarding school for talented indian artists :)

  96. jkseattle October 14, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I find it interesting that I can’t even find the project on Perkins + Will’s website… are they ashamed of it?

  97. mega_capitalist October 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    you hippies are a buzz kill.

    kudos to antilla for having the balls to build his dream.

  98. Bridgette Meinhold October 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Honestly dissappointed that Perkins + Will is part of this monstrosity. I’m sure they were thrilled though to get such a large project.

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