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post #61 of 125
Yikes, what an eyesore. We've talked about this on other threads, and there is no PC way to put it... but as somebody who works/has worked with many international students and their families, I've found that many who come from "emerging" markets or formerly brutal regimes now enjoying great wealth have no idea where to draw any tasteful lines. A Chinese family I know who bought a beautiful home here in the States, and decorated it with the most hideous, plastic crap furniture I've ever seen. Mauve couches, those awful black plastic-framed mirrors, etc. This looks like more of the same; as others said... it looks like a bad hotel in Tokyo that was decorated during the "Bubble" economy years. There are tons of them... $400 a night and you get to pretend its the boom days of 1983!!! Woot woot! That being said, I like the IDEA of living in your own skyscraper... just not a hideous one.
post #62 of 125
^^ I dont want to defend Ambani's ugly ass house, but hasn't everyone who has spend enormous amounts of money in the last 20 years on a house made an ugly house. Basically, if you spend more than a certain amount your fantasy is to live in a gaudy palace. Your taste runs more towards the Venetian hotel rather than Venice. You belong to the more is definitely more school of thought. It would be interesting to see recent homes which SF considers classy and cost more than 100 million at the time of building.
post #63 of 125
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^^ I dont want to defend Ambani's ugly ass house, but hasn't everyone who has spend enormous amounts of money in the last 20 years on a house made an ugly house. Basically, if you spend more than a certain amount your fantasy is to live in a gaudy palace. Your taste runs more towards the Venetian hotel rather than Venice. You belong to the more is definitely more school of thought.

It would be interesting to see recent homes which SF considers classy and cost more than 100 million at the time of building.

Wafic Said built a new house in Oxfordshire (Tusmore House) that is very classical in style. It's gigantic, obviously, but really works as an English country house.
post #64 of 125
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Are you actually being serious? If you think this building is garish and unseemly, I really must question your knowledge of how many "old money" families made their fortunes. You're talking about slave labor, colonialism in the worst sense and a level of exploitation that would make most liberals faint and even cause blushing in staunch fiscal conservative Republicans.


shut up, moron.
post #65 of 125
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shut up, moron.

Why? Because you're fucking wrong?
post #66 of 125
You don't even know what I'm talking about. This has nothing to do with how the money was made. It's about how tacky and classless people with new money usually represent it. Rach agrees with me.
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Yikes, what an eyesore. We've talked about this on other threads, and there is no PC way to put it... but as somebody who works/has worked with many international students and their families, I've found that many who come from "emerging" markets or formerly brutal regimes now enjoying great wealth have no idea where to draw any tasteful lines.
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Quite honestly, I don't think many countries with new money are good at looking he part. Whenever you hear about some rich guy doing outlandish shit, it's usually from a developing region like India, Singapore, or Oman. Old money really does have a knack for class.
post #67 of 125
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You don't even know what I'm talking about. This has nothing to do with how the money was made. It's about how tacky and classless people with new money usually represent it. Rach agrees with me.

Well consider that "old money" generally inherit many of their properties and possessions.
post #68 of 125
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You don't even know what I'm talking about. This has nothing to do with how the money was made. It's about how tacky and classless people with new money usually represent it. Rach agrees with me.

500 years from now the building will be an estate representing the wealth of India in early 2000s. It will not be as 'classic' as those 'old' money estates today, but it will become 'classic' in couple centuries.
post #69 of 125
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500 years from now the building will be an estate representing the wealth of India in early 2000s. It will not be as 'classic' as those 'old' money estates today, but it will become 'classic' in couple centuries.
500 years from now that building will be eclipsed by others towering over it.
post #70 of 125
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500 years from now that building will be eclipsed by others towering over it.

Funny that that hasn't happened to some of the great buildings of Europe.

If the Sears tower were next to the Louvre, it wouldn't make the latter any less significant.
post #71 of 125
But isnt the life of modern building like 100 years or something. I dont think they are designed to last more than that.
post #72 of 125
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But isnt the life of modern building like 100 years or something. I dont think they are designed to last more than that.

I've seen how indians mix concrete - that building ins't going to last more than 100 years
post #73 of 125
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I've seen how indians mix concrete - that building ins't going to last more than 100 years

Maybe so but that's not much better than materials used in the US.
post #74 of 125
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I've seen how indians mix concrete - that building ins't going to last more than 100 years

Please share what you saw.

Btw, are you an expert in construction on top of being an expert in all thinggs Indian?

I wonder why you were contemplating getting a new wardrobe made by an indian tailor since you are well versed in how india and indians work. If the concrete in ambanis home is so poor you can imagine the quality of your suits.
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You all are very entertaining.

-LR
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