Antilia is a private residence in South Mumbai, India owned by the business tycoon and the owner of the Reliance Industries – Mukesh Ambani. Unlike other rich people Mukesh Ambani consist of only one house and that is Antilia. That’s a shocking thing to hear but it’s true. Mukesh Ambani is the owner of a single house. But it’s better than any other house anyone can ever own.
It is the world’s most expensive private residence and considered the most expensive residence after Buckingham Palace in the world. It is told by many popular magazines and newspapers including Forbes and Times of India that Antilia is the world’s most expensive home costing approximately 2 billion US dollars.
Antilia is located at Altamount Road, Cumballa Hill, South Mumbai. This area is considered as one of the most expensive neighborhood in Mumbai. The building was designed by the Chicago based architectural company Perkins+Will. The construction work was done by the Australian based Construction Company Leighton Holdings. It’s Structural Engineering was done by Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services.
The construction of this skyscrapper started in 2006 and it took almost 4 years to complete it. In 2010 the house was completed and 5th February 2010 was the opening day of the house. Even after the completion of the house the Ambanis were not able to shift immediately. It was believed that the house will bring them bad luck as it’s not appropriate according to the Vastu Shastra as told by, Basannt R. Rasiwasia , an expert in Vastu Shastra. Even after a year the house was left abandoned. It took more than a year for them to shift into Antilia.
Antilia house was named after a Phantom Island Antellia which was believed to be in the Atlantic Ocean. Many people mistake it with a mythical Island but it is said that the island was located on Atlantic Ocean and seen on globe during 15th century.
The house consists of 27 floors with extra high ceiling. These extra high ceilings consist of a height of 2 floors that means as compared to a normal building, it may have the height of a 60 floored building. That makes the house look even more royal than it already is.
It is an earthquake proof building which can survive earthquake up to the rating of 8. Of course, it has to be. Mukesh Ambani would never want to see his dream house crashing down with a small shake.
The whole house is so unique that even two floors of the house are not same. From the materials to the designing, everything is differently used on every floor. Even the wood used on two different floors are not same. Nita Ambani made sure of that. She had every floor designed in a unique and different way.
Two design motifs are used in this house that is the sun and the lotus. These patterns are repeated in the whole mansion. These motifs are made up of rare materials like mother of pearl, marbles, crystals etc.
The great mansion has dedicated six floors to the car parking that can accommodate up to 168 cars. Not just that. He also have his own private car service station on the 7th floor of his house. On the top of the house lies three helipads, even though it’s illegal to build 3 helipads on a single building. The lobby alone consist of 9 elevators.
It may be normal to have private gym or various swimming pools in a rich man’s house but they definitely won’t have its own private yoga room, health spa, salon, dance studio, ice cream parlor, 50 seated home theater, ball room or a snow room. Yes, Antilia have it all covered. It consist of a huge ball room. The roof of the ball room is 80 percent covered with crystal chandeliers. It is large and royal, made for big parties and to attend great number of guests.
The house also consist of a snow room which is a must for a place like Mumbai where it’s heated up pretty much in every season. The chambers in it consist of manmade snow flakes. It is best way to keep up with the heat of Mumbai and treat guests with coolness. And not to forget how rich it can make you feel. This house is filled with every comfort one can buy.
It also includes a hanging garden. Yes, you heard that right. It’s a hanging garden with big W shaped pillars supporting it. This garden is also used to conserve light and energy to keep interior cool. It absorbs sunlight that can be used as energy. Ambanies would really use this energy after getting their first electricity bill of more than 7 lakhs. The house has got many terrace gardens and a temple where the family prays regularly.
Antilia is not just the home of the 5 members of the Ambani Family but also of those 600 hundred people who has the house all maintained 24 hours. Mr. Ambani also made sure that they get everything they need and got them their own household chambers entourage rooms that includes a huge space in the house.
Overall this is a house of dreams that is not just in your dreams anymore but can be seen in real life.