An eccentric Chinese businessman has paid tribute to his favorite TV show in about the most spectacular way possible, by boldly building what no man has ever built before: an office headquarters designed to look like a starship from his beloved Star Trek sci-fi series.
Mashable broke the story earlier this week, reporting that the office block is modeled after the fan-favorite USS Enterprise.
However, Star Trek nerds across the internet were quick to point out that they their conclusion was highly illogical. The building obviously looks way more like the less popular USS Voyager. We’ll let Popular Mechanics explain why:
The building’s star drive section is too short to truly conform to either design. (And it’s clearly not the ship of the original series, nor the Enterprise-A of the movies.) But the angular, elongated Enterprise-E nacelles are absent in the NetDragon building, replaced with Voyager-like warp nacelles.
Now that we have that cleared up, check out the building from above on Google Maps.
Mashable reports that the building is the headquarters of NetDragon Websoft, a Chinese gaming and mobile Internet giant, based in Fuzhou, Fujian Province. They add that this is not just another traditional Chinese knock-off. It’s actually the only officially licensed Star Trek building on this planet.
It’s the brainchild of our new favorite Chinese millionaire, Company Chairman Liu DeJian, an avowed “uberTrekkie” (uberTrekker?) and the 320th wealthiest person in China. Liu’s incredible homage took six years to build and cost him $160 million (the latest Star Trek flick had a $185 million budget). Liu obtained official licensing from CBS to allow him to use the starship’s iconic likeness. Who cares if he possibly ended up modelling it after the wrong one?
Anyway, all Star Trek fans can agree that the structure is really neat and Liu is quite possibly the best damn commander our planet has to offer. Inside the building, doors slide open automatically Star Trek style, 30-foot metal slides zip you from the third floor to the first and a replica display of a T-Rex named Stan leaves you in awe and confusion. We hope that company also sticks to a strict dress code.
Set phasers to stun and check out the drone footage, via Mashable:
by Alex Linder
[Images via Mashable]