Claimed to be the most expensive house in the world, Antilla is a 27 story, 40,000 sq ft tower standing tall at a height of about 570 feet above the ground level with an approximate interior space of about 400,000 sq ft. It’s not astonishing that the mansion of the chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani is not just magnificent or grand but also reflects the inner taste of the first couple of the energy world, which according to them is a very modern home having an Indian heart.
Named after a mythical island ‘Antilla’, it’s the highest structure in the metropolis of Mumbai having the extravagant collection of 3 helipads, underground parking for about 160 cars, a movie theatre with a seating capacity of 50 and a whopping number of 600 staffs for maintenance and running.
Designed by the notable architecture firms behind the creation of Mandarin Oriental in Dallas and Los Angeles, Perkins - Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates, the house has the unique feature of having no two floors alike in look or feel to the quality and type of materials used. The first lady of Reliance Industries did take a keen interest in the building of this house ranging from the interiors to the crockery. Specific information pertaining to some special rooms is as follows:
• The ballroom ceiling is 80% covered in crystal chandeliers. The central landing to which the royal staircase leads to has a place for entertainment of the guests with mounted wall fitted LCD monitors and speakers.
• Taking cue from the varied beauties of the different places of the world and molding them into an Indian way is the most unique feature of this house; the Antilla bathroom sporting a Gingko leaf like sink is the most suitable example.
• Though this house of Mukesh Ambani features numerous lounges, chandeliers and opulently crafted mirrors along with Indian rugs in their finest crafted and woven form are a common feature of these rooms The simplicity of the modern lounge is evident from the furniture to floor linings to dark colored woods, adding a touch of difference to the densely opulent house.