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World's Most Expensive Home: $2 Billion Skyscraper!

When the Ambani residence is finished next year, it will be the most expensive home in the world: a 27-story skyscraper in downtown Mumbai. The cost? $2 billion!

But the Ambani family can well afford it, because Mukesh Ambani, head of India's petrochemical giant Reliance Industries, is the fifth richest man in the world and is worth $43 billion.

Forbes has the story:

The home will cost more than a hotel or high-rise of similar size because of its custom measurements and fittings: A hotel or condominium has a common layout, replicated on every floor, and uses the same materials throughout the building (such as door handles, floors, lamps and window treatments).

The Ambani home, called Antilla, differs in that no two floors are alike in either plans or materials used. At the request of Nita Ambani, say the designers, if a metal, wood or crystal is part of the ninth-floor design, it shouldn't be used on the eleventh floor, for example. The idea is to blend styles and architectural elements so spaces give the feel of consistency, but without repetition.

Antilla's shape is based on Vaastu, an Indian tradition much like Feng Shui that is said to move energy beneficially through the building by strategically placing materials, rooms and objects.

Link | Photo Gallery - via Growabrain


it's obscene to spend your money when you have it? The builders probably wouldn't agree... nor the people that sold them the lumber... or the people that sold the various metals, insulation, electronics, and everything else.

Having this one house built is going to give a lot of people money so they can eat, and make better life for their children.

If the man can afford a 2 billion dollar house, then why shouldn't he buy one?
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Stylish. A piece of modern architecture I don't completely hate.

Why take the rich's money when they usually end up spending it all? That's redistribution of wealth right there, the capitalist way. Of course, I'm no economist, but it seems pretty obvious to me.
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chet: the usual anti-capitalist reaction. Try to understand that capitalism is not a zero-sum game. Look upon it as a healthy recycling of the rich guy's money. The $2 billion spent on this goes to all the people hired to work on creating the building. While they're paying their rent and feeding themselves and their families they're making this thing which, with any luck will inspire more people to become greedy (read hungry, passionate) for money. That vision, direction and energy has value that anti-capitalists don't seem to understand at all.
Rather bland design though. At least from the poor slide show at the link. I'm sure it is far nicer in person but there's nothing in the pictures I can see that shows it's a really nice piece of architecture for all that money.
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yeah, just one giant monument to tackiness. glad to see they're actually spending some of their money, instead of compulsively parlaying it and scrabbling for yet more power, but maybe that's what they do with the other 41B. from here it all sounds incredibly contrived and seriously pathetic. that whole country is one giant Beverly Hillbillies episode.
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Nothing against capitalism, I just have a visceral reaction to the super-rich lifestyle. Fleets of cars, jets, etc... The fabulous waste and consumption is what I feel is objectionable. Given the problems with poverty and the environment that the world has to grapple with, I read the article and that was my first reaction. Yeah, I get that spending money drives the economy and creates livelihoods. I just feel that the economy is just one factor to be conscientious of.
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