Indian tycoon refuses to live in 'world's most expensive house' he built
London, Oct 26 (ANI): India's wealthiest man Mukesh Ambani has incited a public debate by refusing to live in his 27-storey, billion-dollar tower in Mumbai, called Antilia - also dubbed world's most expensive home.
According to reports, the Ambani family is concerned the building fails to conform with the ancient Indian architectural principles of vastu shastra- an obscure Hindu version of feng shui, and has refused to move in for fear the home will curse them with bad luck, reports the Daily Mail.
Antilia, which has dominated the Mumbai skyline since being completed last year, boasts of three helipads, six floors of parking and a series of floating gardens.
Film screenings have been staged in its state-of-the-art theatre and dinners held in its grand ballroom, served by staff trained by the luxury Oberoi hotel chain.
But its owners return at the end of each party to their former ancestral home, never staying the night.
Vastu, a philosophy that guides Hindu temple architecture, emphasises the importance of facing the rising sun - and despite the staggering sum spent on Antilia the building's eastern side does not have enough windows or other openings to let residents receive sufficient morning light.
Instead of moving into their dream home, the Ambanis continue to stay in the more modest, 14-storey apartment tower at the south end of the city that they share, on different floors, with the rest of their extended family.
Last year, as it was nearing completion, many Mumbai residents criticised the building as an ostentatious display of wealth in a country where most people live on less than 2 dollars a day. (ANI)
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