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Architecture Watch: World's First Billion-Dollar Home

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To be filed under "money can't buy taste," cross-referenced with "Someone is actually building this ?!?" The Ambani residence has the dubious honor of being the world's first billion-dollar home, and it's owner, Mukesh Ambani, has the dubious honor of being the 5th richest man in the world with a net worth valued at $43M$43B. When you have that much money, good reason and taste clearly aren't things you need too worry about. In fact, you can probably pay someone to suffer the consequences of your actions. The culprits behind the design are architects Perkins + Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates. Schedule for completion in January, the downtown Mumbai, 2 billion dollar ($2,000,000,000), single-family home will climb up 27 stories. See Ambani's very unfortunate plan, after the jump. (And please see the photo gallery for the full rendering— it takes up more vertical space than we can spare, obviously.)

The Deets: 550 feet high, 400,000 square foot, unique floor plan on every level, 6 story garage, ballroom, bar, theater, 2 lounges, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. From the exterior, this hot mess bears a resemblance to a second-year architecture student's project, while the gauche interior looks more like a bad Las Vegas hotel. ugly and wasteful. There. We said it. Mumbai, where's your Board of Supes? Somebody's gotta stop this train.
· Inside the World's First Billion-Dollar Home [Archinect via Forbes]
[images via Forbes]