There’s a building in China that looks almost exactly like the USS Enterprise from Star Trek. 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 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.IMAGE: GOOGLE
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 reboot movies.
Fans, let’s settle this in the comments. Everyone else, just sit back and enjoy the ride.