Billion Dollar “House”

Posted: June 4, 2008 in Misc.
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I just read an interesting article (actually a few articles) about the world first Billion Dollar “House”. It is actually a tower in downtown Mubai in India and is over 27 stories high with 400,000 square foot of living space, but since the celiengs are twice as high as normal tower buildings, it reaches the height of 60 stories! Wow! It is set to be completed this year in September and is home to Mukesh Ambani who is, I believe, the fourth richest man in the world with net worth over $43 Billion! The “house” has six stories of parking for him, his guests and servants (he has over 168 imported cars for himself). Here is a brief description offline:

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.

On the health level, local plants decorate the outdoor patio near the swimming pool and yoga studio. The floor also features an ice room where residents and guests can escape the Mumbai heat to a small, cooled chamber dusted by man-made snow flurries.

For more temperate days, the family will enjoy a four-story open garden. In profile, the rebar-enforced beams form a “W” shape that supports the upper two-thirds of the building while creating an open-air atrium of gardens, flowers and lawns. Gardens, whether hanging hydroponic plants, or fixed trees, are a critical part of the building’s exterior adornment but also serve a purpose: The plants act as an energy-saving device by absorbing sunlight, thus deflecting it from the living spaces and making it easier to keep the interior cool in summer and warm in winter. An internal core space on the garden level contains entertaining rooms and balconies that clear the tree line and offer views of downtown Mumbai.

The top floors of entertaining space, where Ambani plans to host business guests (or just relax) offer panoramic views of the Arabian Sea.

The house also will boast over 600 personal servants to the family with rooming for all of them, a two story guest apartment area and four stories of personal living space for him and his family at the top. It also has a helipad on top of the building for his helicopters to land!

Wow, I can’t even begin to imagine having this type wealth!


A Few Links to Articles

  1. Eric Olsen says:

    I hope he equips it with GPS terminals in each room so he doesn’t get lost…

    He’ll need some form of motorized transportation to get around that place, more than just an elevator. Maybe a Segway…

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