Inside Antilia: World's second-most expensive residential property

Inspired by the mythical Atlantic island, Mukesh Ambani's house is estimated to be the world's second-most expensive property after Queen Elizabeth's official residence Buckingham Palace. The high-end mansion reportedly costs an estimated $2 billion.
The 400,000-sq-ft building is situated in one of the world's most expensive addresses - Altamount Road in South Mumbai. According to property trends, per square foot of any real estate on Altamount Road ranges between a massive Rs 80,000 to Rs 85,000.
The private property was designed by Chicago-based architects Perkins and Will, with the Australian-based construction company Leighton Holdings taking charge of its construction.

The whole house is based on the theme of sun and lotus. Exquisite materials like rare types of wood, marble, mother of pearl and crystal have been used to craft the shapes of the lotus and the sun in the building.

The building has 27 floors, but since some ceilings are of double height, it's closer to the size of a 40-storey building. Every floor is the same height of an average two-storeyed building.

The home has a mega-temple, a host of guest suites, a salon, an ice-cream parlour and a private movie theatre to accommodate 50 people.
 

It houses 600 staff members that help maintain the mansion. There's a special entourage room where security/body guards and other assistants can relax.
Antilia also has nine high-speed elevators, each assigned to different floors. The mansion has six dedicated floors for cars. The garage has space to accommodate 168 cars. The building also has a dedicated car service station on the seventh floor.


The mansion has an exclusive snow room where one can go to escape the Mumbai heat. The walls of the room throw out man-made snowflakes and instantly lowers down the temperature.