Friday, June 01, 2007

Room with a View and Something to view

Another example of Capitalism's obscenity . India's richest man , rupee trillionaire , Mukesh Ambani is building himself a room with a view . His skyscraper home in the city will be over 170m tall and will have an army of 600 staff to manage it. Its 27 floors on a 4,532 sq metre plot will provide a panoramic view of the entire city of Mumbai . Mr Ambani - the chairman, and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries, India's largest private sector company - wanted to enjoy a "full view" of the Arabian Sea. So his architects came up with the idea of a 27-storey home and is reportedly spending $1bn on his new home.

SIX FLOORS FOR PARKING: Space for a total of 168 imported cars
ENTERTAINMENT FLOOR: The eighth floor will have an entertainment centre comprising a mini-theatre .
BALCONIES WITH GARDENS: The rooftop of the mini-theatre will serve as a garden, and immediately above that, three more balconies with terrace gardens.
THE HEALTH FLOORS: While the ninth floor will a 'refuge' floor - meant to be used for rescue in emergencies - two floors above that will be set aside for health. It will have facilities for athletics and a swimming pool, while the other will have a health club.
FOR GUESTS: There will be a two-storeyed glass-fronted apartment for the Ambani family's guests above the health floors.
FAMILY: The four floors at the top, that will provide a view of the Arabian Sea and a superb view of the city's skyline, will be for Mukesh, his wife Neeta, their three kids and Mukesh's mother Kokilaben.
AIR SPACE FLOOR: Two floors above the family's residence will be set aside as maintenance areas, and on top of that will be an 'air space floor,' which will act as a control room for helicopters landing on the helipad above. There will be three helipads there.
STAFF: Nearly 600 are expected to work in the building.

If Mukesh is in need of an ornament for the mantlepiece , he can of course purchase Damien Hirst's latest bauble - a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with three times the number of diamonds on the Imperial State Crown - 8,601 diamonds, including a large pink diamond worth more than four million pounds in the centre of its forehead. It cost £14 million to make , of which £12 million being the diamonds , and has a £50 million price tag . Mere spare change for Mr Ambani

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