Mumbai: Antilla, the home of India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, clearly matches up to the stature of its residents — the Ambani family.
The 27-storey skyscraper on South Mumbai’s posh Altamount Road is inhabited by four members of India Inc’s first family -Mukesh and Nita Ambani and their two sons Anant and Akash. Valued at $2.2 billion, the not so humble abode of Ambanis is India’s most expensive private residence.
It is the world’s second most expensive address after Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Britain’s royal family.
Among some of the lesser-known facts about the Ambani family’s Mumbai Xanadu, which had international press fixated after it was completed, is that its construction took only two years to complete from scratch to all 570-feet of its glory and 400,000 square-foot of its expanse.
Its construction started in 2008 and completed in 2010.
The 27-storey house which actually is as tall as a conventional 40-storey building due to high ceilings on several floors. It has three helipads, six floors of car parking. The lobby alone as nine elevators to take the residents on specific floors. It was designed by the American architectural firm Perkins & Will and interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, also American.
Named after a mythical island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal and Spain, the residence houses a staff of 600, some of whom are trained by the Oberoi hotel chain. There is an entourage room in the palatial house to house security personnel and bodyguards.
The cantilevered house has nine elevators, a spa, a 50-seater movie theatre and a grand ballroom. The mansion even has a four-story open garden and also houses an atrium. It lies in the space that holds the ‘W’-shape beams that support the upper floors.
While mere mortals go to Shimla or even Switzerland, Ambanis prefer to bring the cold weather indoors. How? The mansion has a dedicated room where inhabitants are treated with snowflakes to beat the heat.
According to a New York Times report, the plot for the land on which Antilla villa was built was bought in 2002 for $4.4 million. The Ambani family earlier lived in the family’s humbler 14-storey residence at Sea Wind in Mumbai.