A Company Spent $97 Million to Make Its Headquarters a Star Trek Tribute

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And, look, to be honest, we can’t blame them. If you had the money and the inclination, wouldn’t you do the same thing?


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This building, with its distinctive saucer shape and oval nacelles, is the headquarters for Chinese game developer NetDragon Websoft. And yes, the shape is on purpose. NetDragon’s founder is Liu Dejian, who is, obviously, a big fan.

To their credit, the company did make sure the design was okay with CBS before beginning. I guess it would be really frustrating to build the whole six-story structure, only for a studio to sue you. Netdragon, in an e-mail to the Wall Street Journal, said that their first request wasn’t believed:

That was their first time dealing with issue like this and at first they thought that it was a joke.

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.

How could CBS think this was a joke? Nothing fans want to do should ever surprise anyone at this point.

Lest you worry that all the fun is on the outside of the building, it also has thirty foot metal slides between floors and a life-sized replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Because, when you have the money, why not?


[via Metro]

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I would love to be able to say, “meet you in the saucer section” and mean it.