China… the final frontier. These are the voyages of a building that looks remarkably similar to the starship Enterprise. In truth, there are not going to be any voyages for this Enterprise, because it is an earthbound building. The wonderfully named gaming and mobile company NetDragon Websoft has taken Trekdom where no one has gone before by designing its headquarters in Fuzhou, Fujian, China to be a remarkable accurate homage to one of the most iconic ships in the galaxy (though whether the Enterprise could make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs is still up for debate). Give in to the geekiness; resistance is futile.
If one were to take a walk around NetDragon’s campus, the building’s exterior may appear to be quite ordinary. Certainly, the NetDragon headquarters is sporting a fine office design, with uber-bay windows for maximum sunlight and an underlying docking-bay for terrestrial vehicles. In contrast to the various Googleplexes around the globe, NetDragon doesn’t quite seem like she’s giving her all she’s got. From a bird’s eye view however, phasers must be set for stunned.
A diehard Trekkie, NetDragon chairman Liu DeJian reportedly licensed the rights from CBS to design his company’s headquarters in the starship’s image. After $160 million and six years of sweat and blood (or whatever it is that flows through the veins of androids), the Enterprise HQ was completed in 2014. Within the starship’s walls lie wonders beyond a nerd’s wildest dreams, including a full-size Tyrannosaurus Rex replica and 30-foot slides for easy access to the ground floor. Of course, no Trek-based building would be complete without automatic sliding doors. However, it is unconfirmed if NetDragon’s doors make that fantastic swishing sound when they open or close.
Although the building resembles the Enterprise featured in the contemporary JJ Abrams films as well as the Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E from Next Generation, more hardcore Trekkies than this author have determined that the ship most closely resembles the USS Voyager. A full-scale USS Enterprise, modeled after the original series, was once set to be built in Las Vegas, but sadly, the starship never hit the strip.
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