Most Expensive House - Mukesh Ambani's home sets world record
MUMBAI, India--India's richest man, and Forbes's fourth richest man, industrialist Mukesh Ambani, has built a new house named Antilia, (after the mythical island) which has has 27 stories, is 173 meters high and has 37,000 square meters of floor space — more than the Palace of Versailles, and is estimated to be worth $1 billion
- which sets the new world record for the Most Expensive House.
The World's Most Expensive House contains a health club with a gym and dance studio, at least one swimming pool, a ballroom, guestrooms, a variety of lounges and a 50-seater cinema.
There are three helicopter pads on the roof and a car park for 160 vehicles on the ground floors.
The Most Expensive House in The World, a few blocks from the residence of Indian singing star Lata Mangeshkar, is the home of billionaire Mukesh Ambani, his wife, Nita, and their three children.
The World's Most Expensive House was named after a mythical island, is located in South Mumbai's Altamount Road, and is 27 storeys tall. However, being Mukesh Ambani's house, some of its storeys are about twice the height of a normal floor in a normal building.
The building stands 570 feet tall. Hanging gardens grown in liquid nutrients instead of soil dot the exterior.
Antillia's first six floors are reportedly dedicated to parking for the family, their guests and employees. There are nine elevators on the lobby floor. Two are for parking areas, two for the family's residences, and two for service. The building will have a staff of 600.
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, LCD monitors and embedded speakers, and stages for entertainment.
The hall opens to an indoor/outdoor bar, green rooms and powder rooms, and allows access to a nearby "entourage room" for security guards and assistants to relax.
The World's Most Expensive House has an entertainment level with a full-fledged theatre that can seat 48 people, and accompanying wine room and snack bar. An indoor-outdoor health level has a lap pool and Jacuzzi, yoga and dance studios, and gyms. Plans originally included a solarium; it's unclear whether this was finally built.
The top four levels, with sea views, are family quarters.
The top floor is an entertaining space, with a panoramic view of the Mumbai skyline and the Arabian Sea. The building has three helipads and its own air traffic control.
Ambani, who heads Reliance Industries, plans to occasionally use the residence for corporate entertainment, and the family wants the look and feel of the home's interior to be distinctly Indian.
Antilla's shape is based on Vaastu, an Indian tradition much like feng shui, said to move energy beneficially through the building by strategically placing materials, rooms and objects.
According to a select group of businessmen and media who have been invited to tour Antilla - said to be named after a mythical island in the Atlantic Ocean - Nita got inspiration for it during a visit to New York.
Owner Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita and three children are set to move into the opulent 27-floor building after an housewarming party on October 28, which boosts a guest list of India's elite that reportedly includes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. The Guinness World record for the Largest house of cards was set by Bryan Berg used 218,792 cards to create a replica of the Venetian Macau.
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