The new residence of Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and chairman of Reliance Industries, is reported to be the second most costly residence in the world after Buckingham Palace. The mansion, called Antilia, is the supreme pinnacle of luxury and extravagance – and for you, we have all the blindingly decadent information.
1. For the most expensive house, they picked the most expensive street.
The 4,00,000 sq. Ft. Building is one of the most expensive addresses in the world on Altamount Road in South Mumbai – or SoBo, as it is popularly called. Yeah, we’re talking about a street where real estate has a per square foot cost of about 80,000. A shudder.
2. Each floor is the same height as a typical building of 2 storeyed. So, Antilia has about 60 floors, actually!
The Antilia is a 27-story building with ceilings so high that a building this high with normal ceilings would have had something between 40 and 60 floors (designed to withstand an 8-Richter scale earthquake, btw). There are some high demands for this five-person family sure. Get it?! Got it! HIGH specifications!
3. With 6 (S-I-X) full floors for ’em, the cars get extra love.
Six entire floors were devoted to his beloved cars by Mukesh Ambani, including his ~5 crores Maybach. Aside from the garage that can house 168 vehicles, on floor seven, he also has his own car service station. Which Indian household without a car service station is full, guys?! Phsshhhh..!
4. The mansion has 3 helipads on the roof. Not one, not two. But three!
‘Cos let’s face it, it’s a fantasy for everyone to never have to face the traffic in Mumbai. Ambani can only make a dream come true. the shrug.
5. Super-fast elevators for the super-fab home.
The lobby has nine elevators to carry the family and any visitors they may have to the shrine to riches at any of their many potential destinations.
6. They’ve got a rec-center that’ll put most luxury hotels to shame.
The Ambani home is fitted with a 2-storey recreation center with, among several other facilities, a gym, a health spa, many swimming pools, a jacuzzi, separate yoga, and dance studios. “Dance studio banvaya hai toh use toh karegnge!”Banvaya hai toh dance studio use toh karegnge!
7. And that’s not even nearly it. There’s a Barjatya-style mandir in there.
For their mega-sanskaari poojas, Antilia has the family’s very own mega-temple. Besides, of course, there are several guest rooms, a salon, an ice cream parlor, and a private cinema that seats 50 guests.
8. And get this, the building has a ‘snow room’.
Yep, if you’re in the Ambani household and you want to beat the heat of Mumbai (and you’ve failed in the temple), you can just head off to space where the walls spit out man-made snowflakes.
9. If all that wasn’t enough, the Antilia also has a ballroom.
That’s right, a real frikkin’ ballroom, you know, balls and stuff like a prince from Disney. ‘Cause, why not the frick! However, these balls will only serve vegetarian food and no alcohol – with absolute vegetarians and teetotallers being the Ambanis.
10. The family’s living quarters are on the top floors because they ‘wanted the sunlight’.
And maybe even because the helicopters are much more likely to be used to get places on boring old ‘soil than anything else.
11. The Ambanis don’t stand for repetition. Every floor is unique.
While the sun and lotus motifs are consistent in uncommon materials such as crystal, marble, and mother-of-pearl across the structure, no two floors in the Antilia are said to be identical – whether in nature or in materials used. The only thing that the mansion has no room for, it turns out, is repetition. Duh!-Duh!
12. It might be a skyscraper, but Antilia still has a garden.
It lies in the room that houses the ‘W’-shape beams that support the upper floors. However, the hanging gardens are not just for show; the plants are energy-saving devices that absorb sunlight to keep the house’s interior cool. Since, clearly, the Ambanis are all about protection.
13. It reportedly takes a staff of 600 to maintain the world’s most expensive home.
With an entourage room where you can relax with security/bodyguards and other aides. But it was said that when the kids came from the US, they cleaned their rooms themselves! Y’know, ’cause love is hard, guys!
The home is called Antilia after a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean. Well, it’s definitely not far from being a fictional land with all its poverty and hunger standing high in the center of Mumbai. Yeah, the irony.