Antilia: The 2nd most expensive home in the world
The son of a renowned visionary and business man, Mukesh Ambani, born in Yemen, with heritage of name and position of Dhirubhai Ambani. He had a silver spoon, but Mukesh's enthusiasm, determination and business savvy all converted that spoon from silver to gold. He worked meticulously to build this multi-billion empire. The hard work and dedication resulted in huge success of Mukesh and after several years of patience, he moved from his little two-bedroom flat to a 27- story mega building. The tower is glorified as a sign of Ambani's richness, and the power.
The Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation accepted the construction proposal in 2003. The construction of the skyscraper commenced in 2006 and was originally initiated by the Australian business Leighton Contractors in collaboration with Perkins design companies in the USA and Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates. B. E. Billimoria & Company Ltd. completed the building. The house consists of 27 storeys with lofty ceilings. (Another equivalent-height structures may have up to 60 storeys.) The Building is designed to resist the earthquake upto a magnitude of 8.0.
The Astonishing Exterior
Even though it is a 27-story structure, due to the height and the huge high ceilings, of a 60-storey skyscraper, it is calculated to be as large as each level of a 2-story building. It is the highest residence in the world owned by a single family as it is 173 metres, almost 568 feet. However, this matter is continually discussed, as Antilia also has about 600 employees. These employees comprising bodyguards, assistants and other security workers have a large area to rest.
There are three helipads in the building, however they are not operational. The helipads have to be certified air worthy by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and get approval from the central defence and environment ministries. The house has the possibility to host up to 50 guests, an on-site theatre, a salón, a dance room, a health spa, a ballroom, a studio, a yoga room, and a multi-suite for visitors. The property also includes a magnificent and notable temple. The villa also features 3 swimming pools of the Olympic size. The six upper floors are enclosed as private floors of the Ambani Mansion, and nobody has access to go there except Ambanis.
Each floor of Antilia features a separate design for all the rooms. The use of unusual materials such as precious stone, marble, and mother-of-pearl in the building, and themes of the sun and the lotus all over the building makes the interior more attractive. No two storeys in the Antilia are meant to be same – regardless of the layout or materials used.
Apart from the life draining heating of Mumbai, one of the other areas in the Antilia, Labyrinth is the Ambani family's snowroom. The snowroom's walls have been engineered to emit out Antarctic vibrational snowflakes.
Do you wonder how the families move without breaking a sweat from one location to another? Well, owing to the 9 high-speed elevators. These lifts are allocated to various floor sets. The Ambani family, workers and visitors have separate elevators. If this is not enough, the gigantic edifice consists of three helipads. However, it still doesn't work since licences are waiting from the Director-General for Civil Aviation and the Ministries of Central Defence and Environment.
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Passion for Automobiles
The love of Mukesh Ambani for automobiles is widely known and reflected in the six-story parking space alone! It can hold upto 168 vehicles. The most expensive car owned by Mukesh Ambani is exclusive German-customised armoured BMW 760i, valued at US$1.4 million, its registration fee alone is about US$251,000.
Here are the list of Top 8 most prized cars owned by the Ambani’s Clan-:
1. Maybach 62, worth US$730,000
2. Mercedes-Benz S-Guard
3. Bentley Bentayga
4. Bentley Flying Spur
5. BMW 760Li
6. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
7. Rolls-Royce Cullinan
8. Lamborghini Urus
Not only that, Ambani is at its seventh storey with his own private vehicle service station.
In one of the world's most expensive addresses, Altamount Strad in South Mumbai, lies the building with its 4,00,000 square-foot area. According to property trends, the rates near Altamount strad is ranges between Rs.85,000 to Rs.80,000 per square foot. The 4,00,000 sq. ft. building is valued at $2.2 billion, and is claimed to be the world’s second most valuable residential property, after British crown property Buckingham Palace.
More into Rituals
The Griha Pravesh was done in November 2010, but Ambani did not immediately move in for fear of "bad luck". In June 2011, almost 50 pandits were invited to perform pujas and address vastu issues in the building, after which the Ambanis took up residence in September 2011.
So this was all about Ambanis dreamland. Their house is one of the most remarkable place of Mumbai.
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