This is Antilia, the world’s most expensive private residence.
Located in Mumbai, India, the home was built for Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in Asia.
And to say it’s an architectural masterpiece is an understatement.
Towering over the city, the home spans 27 stories for a grand total of 400,000 square feet of usable space, which is incredible when you think about it.
There are hotels and casinos in Las Vegas that are smaller than that.
Standing 173 feet tall, Antilia is actually taller than most Las Vegas hotels as well, including the Palms, the Bellagio, and even the Paris.
It has a ballroom, a helipad on the roof, nine elevators, a 50-seat theater, terrace gardens, spas and swimming pool, a health center and even a temple.
Then again you’d probably expect that.
What you’re definitely not prepared for is the size of the garage, which is big enough to park 168 (!) vehicles.
Don’t let the sheer size of the building trick you into thinking it’s unstable or unsafe because among other things, Antilia is designed to withstand magnitude 8 earthquakes.
Designed by Perkins & Wills and built by Leighton Asia, the building cost $2 billion in total, making it the world’s most expensive private residence by far.
In fact, Antilia is more expensive than several government buildings, too.
The Australian Parliament House in Canberra (below), for example, ‘only’ cost $840 million.
Mind you, precisely because of its size, location and cost, the most expensive home in the world has also been at the center of some controversy.
Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Motors, believes Antilia isn’t doing India’s image any favors.
“The person who lives there should be concerned about what he sees around him,” Tata said.
“[India] needs people to allocate some of their enormous wealth to mitigate the hardship that people have.”