Happy Thanksgving !
When we count our blessings for family and health and home, we certainly don't consider a home like THIS to celebrate or celebrate in. Here is the most expensive house ever built, with a BILLION dollar price tag.
Designed by Chicago's own venerable architecture firm, Perkins + Will, it's owned by the third (or maybe fourth or fifth according to Forbes) wealthiest person in the world: Mukesh Ambani. His worth is said to be about 29 billion dollars. Ready for move-in, it is located in Mumbai, India where it has views of the Arabian Sea and towers over the nearby slums where residents earn $2/day. Some of the slum dwellers are furious. and some are quite matter-of-fact and accepting of the construction of this immensely tall private home that looks like a high-rise and has more square footage than Palace of Versailles.
Called "Antilla" ( the name of a mythical island) it's 570 feet tall -- 27 stories, which will all (supposedly) be used by the family. It has 6 floors of underground parking for 160 cars, 9 elevators and a staff of 600. There's also a theatre for 50 guests and a ballroom, There is separate floor for swimming pools, yoga and health club facilities, plus a floor for "health emergencies". The roof has 3 heliports and between floors is a 4-story rooftop garden tall enough for trees.
Oh! We can't forget the snow room. When it's really hot, that's where they have have man-made snow flurry down to cool you off.
How many will live there? Mr. Ambani and his wife, their three children and his mother are the permanant residents.
In proportion, the costliest home in the United States was built for tycoon William Randolph Hearst. It's now owned by Candy Spelling, widow of producer Aaron Spelling has been valued at a comparatively modest $150 Million.
Enjoy the show! There are interior photos of ballrooms that look like they are set up for a wedding....Many stories to read and blogposts with comments discuss how (visually, economically and spiritually) this fits into Mumbai's landscape. It's food for thought at this time of home and Thanksgiving.