Friday, September 28, 2012

some number we aren't sure of, but almost 2,000,000,000

~World's Most Expensive Building~

Antilia is the name of a twenty-seven floor personal home in South Mumbai belonging to businessman Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries. There will be 600 full-time staff to maintain the residence, reportedly the most expensive home in the world cost near about US$2 billion! The building is named after the mythical Atlantic island of Antillia. The Antilia building is situated on an ocean-facing 4,532 square metres (48,780 sq ft) plot at Altamount Road, Cumballa Hill, South Mumbai, where land prices are upward of US $10,000 per square metre.In August 2008, Altamount Road was the 10th most expensive street in the world at US $25,000/ sq m US $2,336 per sq foot).

Features of the home include:

  • 400,000 square feet (37,000 m2) of living space, (in comparison the Palace of Versailles occupies 721,206 square feet of floor space)
  • parking space for 168 cars.
  • a one-floor vehicle maintenance facility.
  • nine elevators in the lobby.
  • three helipads and an air traffic control facility.
  • health spa, yoga studio, small theatre with a seating capacity for 50 on the eighth floor, there is a swimming pool, three floors of hanging gardens, and a ballroom.
  • an ice room infused with man-made snow flurries.
  • Custom hand carved rare marble pillars and stonework.
  • Worlds largest collection of antique sewing machines.
Its owner, Mukesh Ambani, 53, was ranked by Forbes as the ninth richest man in the world. His fortune is valued at $27 billion. Forbes called his petrochemical company, Reliance Industries, “India’s most valuable company.”

So - How does he enjoy the building?

India’s richest man is enjoying his 27-story Mumbai home, from afar. The world’s most expensive home is reportedly empty because the owner believes it would be bad luck to move in.  The building’s purported problem is that it lacks the correct vastu shastra, a Hindu equivalent of feng shui. The architectural doctrine emphasizes the importance of facing the sunrise and the home reportedly does not have enough windows on the east side, which could cause bad luck.  The family are reportedly living with their extended family in a more modest 14-story home elsewhere in the city.


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