Replica of Star Trek Ship Used as Chinese Millionaire’s Company HQ
There is a replica of Star Trek ship used as Chinese millionaire’s company HQ!
The sci-fi obsessed Chinese business tycoon spent £100 million to make his company headquarters look like the Star Trek spaceship.
The HQ of NetDragon Websoft features 30-foot metal slides between levels, and automatic sliding gates.
Liu Dejian, the chairman of China’s most popular mobile internet provider, was granted a license to build the impressive replica in Fujian Province. This will be world’s first officially licensed Star Trek building.
NetDragon executives reportedly asked CBS, which produces Star Trek, for permission to build their terrestrial version of the Enterprise.
“That was their first time dealing with [an] issue like this and at first they thought that it was a joke,” the company told the Wall Street Journal. “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.”
Because Liu is a huge fan of Star Trek he had no problem spending that much money on the office building to pay homage to the American science fiction entertainment franchise.
The construction on the offices began in 2008, and the building was ready last year. Soon after that they moved in and now it is officially the headquarters of the company.
Liu’s Star Trek obsession is believed to have begun when he was studying at the University of Kansas in US, according to Metro.co.uk.
Since then, he’s managed to sell his own smart phone company for a whopping £1.2 billion, which is probably why he’s been able to build this place.
It’s a 260 meter long building and the company spent six years building the enterprise. It is as big as three football pitches with features like 30ft metal slides between levels and automatic sliding gates between each working area.
One of the first people to develop the Chinese internet gaming market, Liu is believed to be richer than the Queen of England with a £390m fortune.
As if the Star Trek theme weren’t unusual enough, the building also features a life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.
Among all the crazy things fans do, this must be the craziest. We had a lot of examples (the recent one being Star Trek apartment), but this is beyond all.
What do you think? Is your love for the movies ever going to push you do things like this?