Second richest man in India, Antilla Mukesh Ambani after Lakshmi Mittal, built this $1 billion dollar monstrosity.
Plans were then drawn up for what will be the world’s largest and most expensive home: a 27-story skyscraper in downtown Mumbai with a cost nearing $2 billion, says Thomas Johnson, director of marketing at Hirsch Bedner Associates. The architects and designers are creating as they go, altering floor plans, design elements and concepts as the building is constructed.
When the Ambani residence is finished in January, completing a four-year process, it will be 550 feet high with 400,000 square feet of interior space.
The Ambani home, called Antilla, differs in that no two floors are alike in either plans or materials used. At the request of Nita Ambani, say the designers, if a metal, wood or crystal is part of the ninth-floor design, it shouldn’t be used on the eleventh floor, for example. The idea is to blend styles and architectural elements so spaces give the feel of consistency, but without repetition.
Antilla’s shape is based on Vaastu, an Indian tradition much like Feng Shui that is said to move energy beneficially through the building by strategically placing materials, rooms and objects.
Talk about a McMansion.
It’s a McScraper. 27 floors for 6 people sounds a bit like overkill to me. They have the money, to be sure, and they can enjoy it any way that they choose, but this seems awfully tacky, ostentatious, overdone and tasteless to be saying to the rest of India: Screw you 90% of you earning $5000 a year, I can build a billion dollar home for 6 people.
I can see this happening perhaps in Dubai, New York, Tokyo, but INDIA? Anyway, perhaps that’s just my bias, seeing as I wouldn’t have done the same.