The Opulence of Antilia
Antilia is a skyscraper in the city of Mumbai, India that is reputedly the world’s most expensive home. It opened in October 2010 and cost somewhere between five to seven hundred million U.S. dollars. Located at the southern tip of the city, it fills an ocean-facing plot of over 4,500 square metres on Altamount Road, which is one of the most costly streets anywhere in the world to own property. The building is named after the mythical island of Antilia, reported during the fifteenth century by sea explorers. It was thought that the island existed somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean to the west of Iberia.
Sources: Jhariani and Krupasindhu Muduli
A team of six hundred employees maintain the upkeep of the building which is owned by Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Insustries (an Indian conglomerate with interests in energy, retail and materials) and board member of Bank of America. Ambani is the richest man in India, ranked nineteenth globally, and has a net worth of approximately twenty-one billion dollars.
Source: Christopher Macsurak
Despite only being twenty-seven storeys, Antilia is actually 173 metres high and the equivalent of a sixty storey building. This is because each floorplan is unique, with many having double or even triple height ceilings and others requiring additional space for features such as fifty-person capacity theatre and a ballroom. There is parking available for 168 cars with an entire floor dedicated to vehicle maintenance. Unbelievably there are three helipads to provide quick access across the city. Although mainly considered as a private residence, the building does also feature significant corporate and conference centre facilities.
Antilia was designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Perkins & Will, who won the commission back in 2004. Keeping with its unconventional appearance, the building has many vertical and horizontal gardens, with some exterior walls using trellises to hold planting. This reduces the urban heat island effect and provides extra privacy.
It is believed that given the continuing rise of land prices, the building and plot could now be worth as much as one billion dollars.