There are luxury homes, and then there’s Antilia, the Mumbai home of business magnate Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries.
Inspired by the mythical Atlantic island, Mukesh Ambani’s, located in South Mumbai’s Altamount Road is estimated to be the world’s second-most expensive property after the Buckingham Palace.
Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia was designed by Chicago-based architects Perkins and Will, with the Australian-based construction company Leighton Holdings taking charge of its construction. The building comes with 27 floors, replete with extra-high ceilings. Every floor is the same height of an average two-storeyed building. In fact, Antilia can survive an earthquake of 8 on the Richter scale.
The architectural design of Antilia has been fashioned along the lines of the lotus and the sun.
Atop six stories of parking lots, Antilla’s living quarters begin at a lobby with nine elevators, as well as several storage rooms and lounges. Down dual stairways with silver-covered railings is a large ballroom with 80% of its ceiling covered in crystal chandeliers. It features a retractable showcase for pieces of art, a mount of LCD monitors and embedded speakers, as well as stages for entertainment. The hall opens to an indoor/outdoor bar, green rooms, powder rooms and allows access to a nearby “entourage room” for security guards and assistants to relax.
The Mukesh Ambani home comes with a mega-temple, a host of guest suites, a salon, a ball room, an ice-cream parlour and a private movie theatre to accommodate 50 people.
The terrace garden has a seating area, lots of greenery, and some beautiful plants too. For more temperate days, the family will enjoy a four-storey open garden, where hanging hydroponic plants are a critical part of the building’s adornment.
Moreover, on top of this magnificently luxurious chateau, which has been named Antilla, there are three helipads. It is pertinent to mention here that the construction of helipad on residential building is not lawful.
Mukesh Ambani has a huge need for speed. It is no wonder then that Antilla has six dedicated floors for cars, including his Rs 5 crore Maybach. In fact, the garage has space to accommodate 168 cars. The building in south Mumbai has a dedicated car service station on the seventh floor.
Interestingly, there is a snow room to help them beat the heat. The walls of this dedicated room in the mansion spit out man-made snowflakes.
The house’s construction has attracted some criticism from some who say it is far too grand for a city like Mumbai, where millions of people live in slums, and hundreds of thousands don’t have a roof over their head.
It is also an unfortunate fact that in cases like Ambani’s, where the subject is someone who owns tonnes of wealth, even the unlawful things are brushed under the carpet.
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