The Daily Mail has an article about a factory office building in Heilongjiang Province, People’s Republic of China with an interior designed in the lavish, opulent style of the Château de Versailles in the Parisian suburb of Versailles. Versailles was originally a small village outside of Paris with a hunting lodge preferred by Louis XIV, the Sun King. Over time this hunting lodge became one of Europe’s largest and most extravagant palaces, a symbol of French cultural development and continental power as well as Louis XIV’s absolute monarchy. Now, on to the office building portion of the Harbin Pharmaceutical Group in Heilongjiang. Why would I call it Umbrella Corporation’s China Office? Look:
The doorway at the end probably requires a key hidden underneath one of those pictures. Zombies and ravens could appear at any second as well.
Yes this does recall Versailles, if you’re on acid.
Could you imagine working here everyday? Gauche but also maddening.
So, Harbin Pharmaceuticals Group is really gunning for probably the best, and only, corporate cosplay of Umbrella Corp. The above pictures demonstrate a dedication to being tacky that is normally only recreated in the interior spaces of Resident Evil games. Funny enough, Harbin Pharmaceutical Group is a state owned corporation, so even communist companies like to blow money. Who knew? The above interior design was chosen over pressing corporate matters, like a sewage problem and carcinogens in bottled water being sold by the corporation. Great work, Harbin Pharmaceutical!
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