Homes of Pride
India one of my favorite places is a fascinating and colorful country of contrasts. Take a moment to reflect on these two divergent dwellings.
The Ambani Family spent four years and nearly $2 billion to build the world’s largest and most expensive single family home. Called Antilla, it’s a 27-story skyscraper in downtown Mumbai with 400,000 square feet of interior space designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the designers behind the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. With amenities of a hotel, the home is occasionally used to entertain business guests. No two floors are alike, and it has a look and feel that is distinctly Indian.
In contrast, she spent days building this home and clearly has taken great pride in her cow dung creation. Notice the beautiful hand-embossed striped motif on the walls and the meticulously placed roof tiles that create a unique design overhead. This home is used for protection from the northern Indian rainy season and rest.
How do you feel about your own home now? Are you “house proud”?
Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.
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