Mumbai Claims World’s Largest and Most Expensive Residence

Antilla

Tallest Single Residence, Tallest Living Wall, Tallest Garden, Most Expensive Residence and a Revolution in Skyscraper design are a few to put this new project underway in Mumbai.

Estimated at over $1 billion Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance and India’s Richest Resident is building himself the world’s most expensive home called- ‘Antilla Residence’.

Antilla Residence

Antilla Residence is designed as the largest and tallest “living wall” in the world — a seamless, vertical garden that encompasses all walls of the building climbing to the 40th floor. A modern day Hanging Gardens with a revolutionary design that stretches the boundaries of architecture and engineering, and questions traditional skyscraper design.

The building’s height is significant. According to the plan, the house will rise to a height of 173.12 meters, equivalent to that of a regular 50-storied residential building. However, Antilla will have only 27 stories in all, which means each floor will have a ceiling considerably higher than the current average of nearly three meters.

27 Storey Home

The design of the Residence Antilla, as it came to be called, was kept a close secret even after construction started in 2006. In early May, 2007, the architects released the building’s design to the public on their website.

Designed by Chicago architecture firm Perkins + Will, the in-progress glass-tower is estimated at over $1 billion. Construction of Mukesh Ambani’s new house at Altamount Road in Mumbai, where real estate prices are now in the region of Rs 75,000 per sq ft, began in late 2006, and the first six floors are already in place. The building is expected to be complete in September 2008.

It is said to feature the following-

  • The first six floors — which have come up — will be reserved for parking alone, and that too for cars belonging only to Mukesh’s family. Space for a total of 168 ‘imported’ cars has been earmarked here.
  • Sources said the Ambanis would prefer to have all their cars serviced and maintained at an in-house service centre. This centre will be set up on the seventh floor.
  • The eighth floor will have an entertainment center comprising a mini-theater with a seating capacity of 50.
  • The rooftop of the mini-theater will serve as a garden, and immediately above that, three more balconies with terrace gardens will be independent floors.
  • While the ninth floor will be a ‘refuge’ floor — meant to be used for rescue in emergencies — two floors above that will be set aside for ‘health.’ One of these will have facilities for athletics and a swimming pool, while the other will have a health club complete with the latest gym equipment.
  • There will be a two-storied glass-fronted apartment for the Ambani family’s guests above the health floors. One more refuge floor and one floor for mechanical works will be built on top of these apartments.
  • The four floors at the top, that will provide a view of the Arabian Sea and a superb view of the city’s skyline, will be for Mukesh, his wife Neeta, their three children and Mukesh’s mother Kokilaben.
  • According to the plan, two floors above the family’s residence will be set aside as maintenance areas, and on top of that will be an “air space floor,” which will act as a control room for helicopters landing on the helipad above.
  • The plan states that three helipads are to be built on the terrace.
  • However, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials told this paper that permission for the helipads has not been granted yet.
  • “The residential plans were approved three-four years ago. Two levels of basement have also been shown in the proposed project,” Sudhir Shinde, deputy engineer at the BMC’s building proposals department said.
  • Nearly 600 staffers are expected to work full-time in the building, sources said.
  • According to BMC records, the total area of Mukesh’s Altamount Road plot is 4,532.39 square meters. The proposed built-up area is 4,778.09 square meters (only for residential purposes), and the permissible built-up area 4,939.81 square meters.