Two developers are bringing the personal skyscraper, or at least a miniaturised version of the latest must-haves among Indian billionaires , to Hong Kong, with plans for an eight-storey, vertical villa at The Mid-Levels. K. Wah International Holdings and Chuang’s Consortium International have unveiled plans for the project at 28 Po Shan Road, at The Mid-Levels, appointing Savills as its sole agent. The turnkey project can be built to the buyer’s specifications, and will only be constructed with a buyer’s commitment. The building has 44,388 square feet (4,123 square metres) over eight floors, complete with a 4,446-square foot garden and 2,197 sq ft of terrace on the roof, according to its building plan. Proposed features include six-metre ceilings on the entertainment-dining floor, and six floors of residential suites with ceilings at least 3.5 metres tall. “Any buyer for this property is coming from a special background, while seeing the project as a trophy asset and not looking to resell in the short term,” said Martin Wong, director and head of research and consultancy at Knight Frank. “This project is unique and scarce in the market, while requiring a lot of capital, it is believed its market appeal is not set for typical Hong Kong consumers.” Vertical villas are all the rage among India’s wealthiest. Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia is a US$2 billion personal skyscraper standing 27 stories tall in one of Mumbai’s most expensive neighbourhoods. It has a room that blasts out snow flakes, an in-house temple that fits 50 worshippers, three helipads and six floors for Ambani’s luxury cars, all attended by 600 staff. Not to be outdone, the Raymond Group’s chairman Gautam Singhania has the 30-storey JK House in South Mumbai, a nod to the roots of one of India’s largest conglomerates. The mansion comes with the mandatory pool, spa, helipad and recreational area, with five floors reserved for the textile tycoon’s very considerable car collection. The vertical villa would be a first in Hong Kong, the world’s most expensive urban centre for many years running, where the wealthiest residents have opted for sprawling bungalows in exclusive neighbourhoods instead of high altitudes. Pony Ma Huateng, the founder of Asia’s largest company by capitalisation , bought a HK$490 million property in Shek O in 2009 and redeveloped it into a 19,600-squre foot property valued at HK$1.8 billion (US$231 million). Jack Ma, founder of this newspaper's owner Alibaba Group Holding , has a 9,890-sq ft three-storey house on The Peak valued at HK$1.5 billion. Lee Shau-kee, the patriarch of Henderson Land Development and head of one of the city’s wealthiest families, bought a piece of land on The Peak for HK$1.8 billion in 2010 to build three mansions – one for himself and one each of his two sons – in a cluster at the exclusive Barker Road neighbourhood as the family got tired of living in the same Mid-Levels penthouse for almost three decades. Other than these purpose-built residences, the rich and famous of Hong Kong have opted for ready-built villas such as the exclusive Mount Nicholson enclave developed by Wharf Properties and Nan Fung Development. The four-story villas frequently top Asia’s most expensive lists by square footage, so much so that even their car-parking bays cost at least US$1 million each . More recently, CK Asset’s exclusive apartments at 21 Borrett Road at The Mid-Levels are also making their way up the list to challenge Mount Nicholson, with a 3,378-sq ft unit selling in February for HK$459.6 million. K. Wah and Chuang’s may only sell their Po Shan Road project as a single detached house, or two semi-detached residences, according to the lease agreement of the site. The home is valued at HK$2.835 billion, or HK$63,869 per sq ft, according to Vincent Cheung, managing director at Vincorn Group Holdings. At this price, it would set another price record in Hong Kong, where the most expensive property was the HK$1.68 billion price paid by Chinese tycoon Chen Hongtian in 2016 for Chateau 15 at 15 Gough Hill Road. That property was also built by Chuang’s Consortium. A home with the size and price tag of the proposed vertical mansion is most likely going to grab the attention of a buyer from mainland China, said Koh Keng Shing, chief executive and founder of Landscope Christie’s International Real Estate. Despite the kingly sums, there is a niche market for these type of projects among buyers who want highly personalised “dream home” specifications from conferencing areas to KTVs, indoor gym and pools, Koh said. To be sure, the Po Shan Road project is not the most ostentatious or outlandish on paper in Hong Kong. China Evergrande Group , which is struggling under the world’s heaviest debt load, unveiled an ambitious plan in March to build 268 villas on a plot of farmland near the Mai Po Wetlands in The New Territories. The centrepiece of the project is a villa offering 240,000 square feet described as akin to the Palace of Versailles. The price tag: HK$4 billion.