Chinese Trekkie millionaire builds USS Enterprise office
NetDragon’s founder, the 43-year-old Liu Dejian, has built a $100 million, 260-meter long office block in the shape of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise. The building will be used as office space for Chinese game developer NetDragon Websoft.
Construction reportedly began in October 2010 in the coastal city of Changle in China’s Fujian province, and finished in October last year. NetDragon even contacted the TV show’s rights holder CBS to get permission to construct the office.
“That was their first time dealing with [an] issue like this and at first they thought that it was a joke,” NetDragon told The Wall Street Journal by email. “They realized somebody in China actually did want to work out a building modeled on the USS Enterprise only after we sent the relevant legal documents.”
News of this magnificent architecture broke when a Star Trek fan spotted a satellite photo on the internet. Drone footage shows the view of a relatively ordinary building on the ground but an impressive aerial view of the replica.
The architecture is as big as three football pitches, with a 30-foot metal slides from the third floor to the ground floor and automatic sliding gates between each working area.