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Sunday, May 04, 2008

New Architecture

While visiting New York in 2005, Nita, the wife of Mr. Ambani, was in the spa at a New York hotel, overlooking Central Park. The contemporary interiors struck her just so, and prompted her to inquire about the designer.

After consulting architectural firms Perkins + Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates based in Dallas and Los Angeles, respectively, plans were drawn up for the world's largest and most expensive private home: a 550 feet high 27-story skyscraper built over six stories of parking lots at a cost of $2 billion dollars, says Thomas Johnson, director of marketing at Hirsch Bedner Associates.

The architects and designers are creating as they go, altering floor plans, design elements and concepts as the building is constructed.

Antilla's shape is based on Vaastu. Down dual stairways with silver-covered railings the large ballroom has 80% of its ceiling covered in crystal chandeliers. It features a retractable showcase for pieces of art, a mount of LCD monitors and embedded speakers, as well as stages for entertainment. The hall opens to an indoor/outdoor bar, green rooms, powder rooms and allows access to a nearby "entourage room" for security guards and assistants to relax.

The only remotely comparable high-rise property currently on the market is the $70 million triplex penthouse at the Pierre Hotel in New York, designed to resemble a French chateau, and climbing 525 feet in the air.

See Pictures: Inside The World's First Billion-Dollar Home

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