Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Geopiece of the Day: The most expensive Residence in the World

This week we are looking at the biggest, tallest, most extraordinary things you can find on the world map. To kick things off let´s have a look at the most extraordinary house that was built by a private individual. Just for the purpose of calling it home.

Meet Indian entrepreneur Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Industry and stakeholder of more than 40% of India's natural gas and oil conglomerate. He has a personal wealth of more than 20 billion $ and is the richest man in India.

A person of such a stature of course desires a stately home that is representative of his power. That is why he built Antilia.


The record for most expensive house in the world was set in 2010, when the $1 billion, 37,161 square meter Mumbai home: Antilia, was finished. And at that price, it will likely hold the record for years.

The 27 floor skyscraper home is built for just the five people in the family and sits on a construction plot of more than 15.000 square meters. It is bigger than the Palace of Versailles. It employs more than 600 people just to keep the building and all its features up and running.


The highrise is equipped with a health spa, a salon, a ballroom, a 50-seat movie theatre and multiple swimming pools, yoga and dance studios and ice cream room. The most luxurious feature is a snow room that generates snowflakes 24/7 365 days a year to escape the tropical climate of India. In order to ensure transportation there is a car garage that expands over 6 floors of the building.

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