'Antilia' in Mumbai; Photo via My Luxury
Nothing says luxury living like a skyscraper-house. We've had some things to say about the billion-dollar "home" (or "Antilia" as the grounds are called) before, but the exact design details have been kept very hush hush.
From the little that we do know of the mysterious structure, we can say that it was built by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani for his family in central Mumbai and designed by Perkins & Will with Atlanta-based Hirsch Bender Associates. Gossip about what goes on inside the towering mansion flared up last spring, which leaked the "revelations" that the structure's design does not correspond to the Vastu Shastra, an ancient Indian building code, and that the Ambani family refuses to spend the night there, reportedly out of superstitious beliefs. A small spread of photos appeared in Vanity Fair in June, though the images only hinted at how one goes about decorating a 27-story tall, 400,000-square-foot house.
Well, now our friends at Curbed have got the scoop on what's inside the massive mansion. They've compiled a list of 10 of the house's features, and, yes, they are every bit as ridiculous as you thought.
Photos: Jonathan Becker/Vanity Fair via Curbed
Let's get the biggest oddity out of the way: apparently, deep inside the tower there is an "ice room" filled with artificial snow where the Ambanis can go to escape Mumbai's extreme temperatures. Next on the list, there are three helipads on the roof, while an entire story of the house is given over to an air control center. Over one-fourth of the structure is dedicated to Mr. Ambani's vast car collection, with six stories of parking that accommodate each of the 168 classic cars currently in his possession. Nine high-speed elevators wisk the Ambanis to their private four-story quarters at the top of the skyscraper, while guests have their own elevators to take them to their lodgings. There's more, so head on over to Curbed!
Photo: Jonathan Becker/Vanity Fair