Yu Geng Shan Private Cellar: 2015 BoY Winner for Bar/Lounge

PROJECT NAME Yu Geng Shan Private Cellar
FIRM Shanghai Godolphin
SQ. FT. 27,000 SQF

Forget about rice wine. China has begun to worship the grape. International vintages are trending. What’s more, Kyle Lawrence Mertensmeyer notes, “Even China’s own wine-making culture is picking up.” He’s a partner in a firm that supplies inspirations and designs for cellarage.

One of Mertensmeyer’s most elaborate installations yet is in a wine-friendly port city that spares oenophiles high taxes. The specific location is a former bunker beneath what was once the British consulate—built in 1887 on a grand square and recently revamped as a wine club. Today that 27,000-square-foot subterranean space holds 1,000 storage lockers, rented to members.

Steel racks give the rows of bottle tops a pointillist allure. Granite rubble, produced by minor additional excavations for circulation as well as storage, is now caged to create interest on walls and a vaulted ceiling. One VIP room centers on a chalicelike platform that offers a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding collection. Wine barrels are another decorative motif. Finally, there’s a special spot for toasting the wedding anniversaries of couples who were married upstairs in the club.

Project Team: 

Xue Yin Li; Matthew Shields; Danielle Gharst; Xu Hang; Eve Xia.

> See more from the December 2015 issue of Interior Design