Antilia / World’s Most Expensive House

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We’ve featured quite elaborate projects on AD where project budgets that reach the millions seem almost normal.  Yet, this is something we haven’t seen: a house – yes, one house – priced at $1 billion dollars.  With a price tag like that, ’s richest man, and Forbes’s fourth richest man, Mukesh Ambani, along with his wife and three childen, will be calling the world’s most expensive residence “home.”

More about the house after the break.

Located in , the 27 storey, 173 meters high and 37,000 sqm floor space contains a health club with a gym and dance studio, at least one swimming pool, a ballroom, guestrooms, a variety of lounges and a 50-seater cinema, plus three helicopter pads on the roof and a car park for 160 vehicles on the ground floors.

The residence, which is larger than the Palace of Versailles, requires a staff of a staggering 600 people to keep everything operating smoothly.  Any contemporary ideas of energy efficiency and moderation have clearly been neglected for this outrageous display of wealth, which according to TIME, seems out of character for billionaire.  What do you think of the residence?

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Antilia / World’s Most Expensive House" 15 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>


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    I wouldn’t live there
    1-security issues
    2-looks out of place
    3-too expensive in a way that doesnt respect the indian ppl

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    with $1Billion surely you could have built a more elegant building? that looks like Richard Rogers had a stroke and then drew the design…. im not impressed. he could have easily built a $100Million house and given the other $900Million to charities in poverty stricken India.

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      Alot of confusion over the build cost v. value -I think it actually cost £44 million to build – the $1 billion refers to its value when complete (Mumbai being insanely expensive and booming).

      At £44 million looks like a bargain! Good to see a billionaire with imagination as opposed to predictably holing up in a neo-classical pile somewhere in the countryside!

      It is a bit Lex Luthor though…

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      Its VALUED at $1 billion 1stly. Cost £44million to build; an absolute bargain. This is Mumbai…one of the most insanely expensive places on the planet. 2ndly, it’s for the government to care for the poor. 3rdly, Ambani is known for his charitable organisations.

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    I’d like to say something about the design itself, but given the location, the circumstances and the amount of money spent… it’s just obscene.

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    I’m trying to figure out how $1billion was spent on this. It’s hard to spend that much money on what appears to be a 100m tower. It just doesn’t cost that much to build something like this, especially in a labor market like India.

    Is the interior clad in rhino skin and platinum? Where on earth did that much money go?

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      dumb paki: it’s VALUED at 1billion as it’s in Mumbai: insanely expensive and booming. It COST 44million…a bargain.
      Don’t see much in terms of architecture in terrorist camp Pakistan right?

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    that must be the saddest thing i’ve seen in architecture lately…
    thats a huuuge step behind for the human kind

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    After being in Bombay and walking at the base of the this structure the photograph does it no justice. While I agree that it is absurd for such a large house as a display of materials, building methods, and proportions it is quite spectacular. Poor picture

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    It should be noted that the house did not cost 1 billion to build, it is worth one billion. The construction costs were approx 40% of that so the house actually accounts for about a 2.5 time increase in worth, which is not bad for a newly completed building project.

    Considering architectural qualities, it seems quite a few here are able to evaluate the whole architectural quality based on a single exterior photo. That is simply amazing.

    That said, the simple notion that a single family needs this much space and construction for their private life to be satisfactory is something that says more about the person inhabiting the space and the architect who agreed to the commission, rather than the build object itself.

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    Awesome! Just because people are jealous doesn’t make the building ulgy, or there comments insightful. I am not saying that making a building this big for one person is the right thing to do, but it is a pretty sweet building.

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    Let’s set aside the moral issue for a minute – because we could go on about that forever – but this building is waaay out of scale with its surroundings and happens to be hideous. @Brent I have not seen it in Mumbai but I have seen many many other photos, and yes it is a dog.
    Also there is no way it is worth 1 billion. That is PR $%!@. For that price you could buy a Canary Wharf / Wall Street tower with real paying tenants in it.
    Why is all the press repeating the same nonsense.

    Now arch daily please provide a PhD dissertation section for why this building is inappropriate for the more obvious reasons.

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      Exactly what are the infinite moral issues you moron? That this guy did better than those around him, while creating something from that which would otherwise not exist, that gives a living to countless others, is immoral because why? Because he ought to be responsible for those who might feel jealousy and inferiority by comparison? That to be moral in your eyes he ought to be faking humility for their sake? His not a thief, he’s a builder. Grow-up.

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    I kond of like it..and find it interesting! :-)

    the way these halls seem to be stacked…and the spaces they must hide….
    quite radical I think

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    U people r hating because he is the world 4th richest man and he owns a worlds most expensive house and all you guys just dreams of being that rich and just dreams to be in his shoes. give him some respect man.

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      Ahahahaha YOU HATERS !!!
      It was actually the dream of my grand grand father, and he went to Klondike… came back with a cow and 2 mules ! Geee ! I wish I would be THAT rich ! That’s why we are architects I guess …. MONEY !

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    Now really, is all that space necessary? It is a monster compared to all the 20 story buildings around it. Guess it would suit godzilla quite nicely.

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    Independant from the architecture (which would look interesting for a semi public space); I don’t think it’s a good investment. Why is it so expensive?…I’ve seen taller buildings much cheaper than 1 B U$…and with Indian labour been significantly cheaper than industrialized countries…I don’t know, I just try doing the math and it doesn’t sum up…does it have golden toilets?
    A lot of people must have done a good business with this building, but certainly not the owner.

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    I don’t know why people are so offended by this. He’s going to employ 600 hundred people (that’s a lot of local jobs). Is it any better to build many different houses around the world, or one large one in Mumbai? Plus, I like the the design on it.

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    the architects are perkins & will from chicago. and that picture doesn’t do it justice. it’s not completed there, i see safety nets that aren’t there on the finished home. i don’t agree with this being a residence, or it’s location, but i think it’s a rather beautiful building.

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    Personally, I think it looks really cool. But for 1 Billion Dollars (blowing on my pinkie finger now…), I’d get the F out of Mumbai.

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    1. The guy didnt ditch everyone and move off to country estate away from the “slums” If he is calling that area home I think that is awesome.

    2. It is an exmaple of what that place can produce. It could get even more inspired and work hard to innovate.

    3. Will provide many jobs though I am not sure it will really maintain 600, but who am I to tell.

    4. I think most people thought Versailles was some evil devil house at some point, but today tons of people go France to visit that place and places like it. I think you get where I am headed.

    5. MVRDV should be happy that their CAMPUS NET 3 Got stretch vertically :)

    6. I am sure there is more stuff, but JEEEEEZZZZZ whats with all the hating LOL lighten up “Mr. Devil house”

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    Meandarlike facade is passe, otherwise it is interesting to see a vertical palace? Is there any other example in the world of versaillescraper?
    And about money, it is like you all heard for the first time of the inequity of wealth…
    It is not too much space. If you are rich you need a lot of space! Not like there is a couple of parents lwith two kids iving in this particular buliding. There is probably an army of staff and a constant of numerous guests.

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