This Home Costs A Billion Dollars
One might not expect the world's most expensive private residence to be in a place like Mumbai, but that's where Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man (19th in the world) erected Antilia, an exclamation point towering over the surrounding skyline.
Named after a mythical island, the home was designed by Chicago architects Perkins + Will and has been a lightning rod for controversy, beginning with the ethical questions raised when the land was opportunistically purchased far below market value to the current day valuation of the construction of over one billion dollars.
The 27-story tower has floors of double and triple height, resulting in the equivalent of over 40 stories, as the home is 570ft (173m) tall. The first six floors in the building are dedicated to garage space to house 168 cars, with the 7th floor housing a dedicated service center. There are 9 elevators, 3 helipads, a private "snow room", health club, ball room, dance studio, spa, and a cinema for 50 people. If the 398,000 square feet of living space seems excessive, take comfort knowing the staff of 600 required to maintain the tower are on hand.