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Monday, October 18, 2010

World's Largest Single-Family Monster Home Built in India


mukesh ambani antilia photo 
Photo: Frédéric Soltan / Corbis (via Time)

Rising like an monument to immoderation, the world's biggest monster home has finally been completed in Mumbai, India. Built by the world's fourth richest man, Mukesh Ambani to the tune of $1 billion, the gargantuan 27-storey high-rise will be inhabited only by Ambani and his family -- in addition to a corporate facility. Nicknamed "Antilia" after a mythical island, TreeHugger Lloyd also called it one of the dumbest so-called 'green' buildings ever. No wonder too -- despite this behemoth boasting vertical gardens, according to Time the rest of the building is positively excessive:

The lavish building... is 173 meters high and has 37,000 square meters of floor space -- more than the Palace of Versailles. It 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. There are three helicopter pads on the roof and a car park for 160 vehicles on the ground floors. It's obviously quite a job keeping all this running smoothly, so the house, if you can call it that, also boasts a staff of 600. And all this for just Ambani, his wife and their three children to enjoy.