Make it so: Chinese building looks just like Star Trek's USS EnterpriseWe already know history will never forget the name Enterprise, but now architecture won't either.
Drone footage (which we really wish was set to this music)
shows how a relatively conventional-looking building from the ground
dramatically transforms into a regal starship when viewed from the air.
Lest you think this is visual trickery done via Holodeck or CGI, the starship/building is clearly visible on Google Maps.
Our tipster explained to us that the building is the headquarters of NetDragon Websoft,
a Chinese gaming and mobile Internet company. And it's no Chinese
knock-off: Company Chairman Liu DeJian is reportedly an uberTrekkie,
licensing from CBS the rights to build an Enterprise replica.
Construction began in 2008 and was finished in 2014; the project cost
$160 million total.
The building is the only officially licensed Star Trek building on the planet (you had your chance,
Las Vegas). Besides its otherworldly shape, the building contains a
replica display of a T-Rex dinosaur named Stan discovered in South
Dakota in 1987, 30-foot metal slides that provide instant access to the
ground floor from the third floor, and automatic sliding gates between
each working area.
It's a fantastic homage to the Star Trek franchise, but
which Enterprise is it? At first glance, the building looks closest to
the Enterprise-E seen in the later Next Generation movies, but there are
hints of the Enterprise-D and the starship design from the J.J. Abrams