by Gerry Mak in Architecture on Thursday 3 November 2011

Over the past few years, I’ve been growing increasingly ambivalent towards huge, expensive architectural projects with big name design firms attached to them. Who are these buildings actually for? The Antilla, a 27-storey building in Mumbai that is apparently the world’s most expensive house, now sits empty most of the time because according to vastu (the Hindu version of feng shui), there aren’t enough east-facing windows, making it unlucky to inhabit. Maybe the owners of the building could move some of the city’s poor into it and hold banquets and film screenings for them, instead of letting it sit unused.