World’s Largest and Most Expensive Home Designed by Chicago Firm

October 20, 2010

This sure isn’t Chicago real estate, but it was designed by Chicago architects.

A recently completed house has earned the distinction as the world’s largest residence and the first billion-dollar home.

Located on 400,000 square feet of land in Mumbai, India, the 27-story tower was built as the new home for the fourth richest man in the world, and India’s wealthiest, tycoon Mukesh Ambani.

The skyscraper, named Antilia after a mythical island in the Atlantic, was designed by the Chicago-based architecture firm Perkins & Will.

The billion-dollar home includes:

World's Largest Home


*A health club with a gym and a dance studio

*A 50-seat movie theater on the 8th floor

*Six floors of underground parking for more than 160 cars

*A vehicle service center on the 7th floor for car maintenance

*Multiple swimming pools

*An elevated garden with ceiling space for small trees

*Three helicopter pads on the roof and its own traffic control

*Nine elevators in the lobby

*A ballroom with a roof covered in crystal chandeliers

*Each floor with a different layout utilizing different materials

While the home has a mere 27 floors, each has extra-high ceilings, so at more than 550 feet, Antilia actually reaches the height of a 60-story residential building.

The home took seven years to be completed and was designed to survive an earthquake measuring eight on the Richter Scale.

Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani

The top four floors, which offer spectacular views of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea, will reportedly be for Mukesh, his wife, Nita, and their three children.

Ambani, 53, is chairman of Reliance Industries, an oil, retail and biotechnologies company that makes its money from producing and marketing oil and gas. He owns the Indian Premier League team, the Mumbai Indians.

One positive of the world’s most expensive home being built in one of the world’s poorest country: A staff of approximately 600 full-time workers will have to be hired to keep Antilia running.

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