Located in the posh Altamount Road in Mumbai, India, the world’s most expensive residence belongs to Mukesh Ambani, a 53-year-old business tycoon and the fourth wealthiest man in the world. He shares the quaint 27-storey luxury abode with his wife Nita, their three kids and his mother.
Named Antilla, after a mythical rectangular island thought by medieval sailors to exist in the Atlantic, the towering home is reported to have cost £1.2 billion to build. It was designed by American architects Perkins+Will and took three years to construct.
There are nine lifts, three helipads, a cinema, several swimming pools and a health and fitness centre in Antilla. A chandelier-encrusted ballroom is big enough to accommodate hundreds of guests during parties attended by no less than India’s elite and Bollywood stars who mostly live in the neighborhood.
For guests who wish to stay for the night, there are two storeys of guest rooms, each exquisitely furnished.
Other facts about the most expensive home in the world:
The zig-zag structure is designed to maximize the amount of outdoor space in a city where land can cost £10,000 per square metre.
The building is earthquake-proof.
The lower six levels house parking space for up to 168 cars, and one storey serves as a dedicated garage.
The home cinema can accommodate 50 people.
The four-storey ‘garden’ section is filled with plants and shrubs, and outdoor lounge chairs are shaded by trees.
An ‘ice room’ which churns out man-made snow flurry is very useful during extremely hot days.
The indoor/outdoor two-storey health centre has separate gyms for each family member, swimming and lap pools, Jacuzzi, yoga and dance studios, solarium and a juice bar.
The family living areas are situated over four floors. The tower also features a safe floor in case of an emergency – for security reasons it’s not been revealed where this huge ‘panic room’ is situated…
A staff of 600 makes sure everything runs smoothly in the house.
With a total floor space of 37,000 sq m, the tower consumes 7,000 times more energy than the average Indian home – the bill for the family’s first full month there was almost £97,000.