Saturday, 19 May 2012

Pictures of World's Most Expensive house revealed


The first pictures of the world's most expensive house - Anil Ambani's 'Antilia' - have been released.

Ambani's wife, Nita, opened the doors to the 27-storey tower for a spread in the latest issue of Vanity Fair.

Located along one of Mumbai's most fashionable streets, the house reportedly cost $1b to construct and features helipads, a vast library, marble floors and even a snow room.
Mr Ambani and his family however have remained silent about details, until now.

Vanity Fair reporter James Reginato was given unprecedented access inside the 400,000 sq ft property last November.  He writes that many of the floors are double or triple height, so the building rises to 570 feet, the equivalent of a 40-storey building.

One photo shows a room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a seating arrangement that resembles the lobby of a 5-star hotel lobby.  "It's a modern home with an Indian heart," says Mrs Ambani.

The tower also features a multi-storey garage, a ballroom, spa, theatre, numerous guest suites and a number of terraced gardens, according to the article.

Media speculation in India has been rife about whether the family actually lived at the property with one report claiming the Ambani's had decided to not move in because the Vastu Shastra on the building was not correct.

Mrs Ambani however confirms the family moved there in September 2011.

The design, she says, is based on the lotus and the sun, and is decorated using rare wood, marble, mother-of-pearl and crystal, crafted by Indian artisans.

As with many Indian households, it also has a Hindu prayer room, "getting my temple right was so important," she said.

Apart from speculation about whether it is inhabited, the house has attracted criticism with some commentators saying the Ambanis' largesse was inappropriate in city where millions live in fetid slums while hundreds of thousands of others remain homeless.

- UKAsian Staff/Reports
http://www.ukasiaonline.com