Architecture / Art

THE TAJ MAHAL OF 21ST CENTURY INDIA

THE TAJ MAHAL OF 21ST CENTURY INDIA

 

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Walk-in-closets, jetted bathtubs, kitchen island – these are just some of the luxuries that we can afford to have in our homes; for some of us, we can merely dream of such things. But if you have an estimated net worth of $22.3 billion, these are just some of the basic features that will be available in your home. What more if the house itself is said to be worth more than $1 billion.

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Named after a mythical island, Antilia, the home of India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani has dominated the Mumbai skyline since its completion last year. This 27-story skyscraper with a whopping 400,000 square feet of space boasts three helipads, multi-storey garage, a gym and dance studio, a swimming pool, a ballroom, guestrooms, a variety of lounges, a 50-seater cinema, a number of terraced gardens and nine lifts to transport guests from the lobby right up to the upper levels. To top it off, Antilia has a sweeping view of the city and out over the Arabian Sea. (via Epoch Times)

Designed by Chicago-based architects, Perkins & Will, this massive structure isn’t just designed on the principles of Vaastu Shastra (the Indian equivalent of ‘feng shui’); it is designed to survive an 8-richter scale earthquake.

6326573546_74436df7dc_bOn  the inside, the designs have an “Asian contemporary” feel to it – based on the theme of lotus and the sun and is decorated using marble, mother-of-pearl, crystal and rare woods. On the outside, it has a jigsaw puzzle façade, a four-storey hanging garden with plants that save energy by absorbing sunlight, making it easier to keep the interior cool in summer and warm in winter. And how many staffs are on their toes, making sure that everything runs smooth at Antilia? Well, 600 to be exact.

And, come on, don’t be hating on this guy for building such an obscenely lavish home. Mere mortals like us can walk into a cinema to catch a movie on any  given Sunday; but for the Ambani’s, it’s not that easy. So what do you do? You build a home with all these bells and whistles. At the end of the day, it’s just a family home; a real big family home.

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BY KOGIV 

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