When I think about my love of design and architecture, I know it stems from my love of history. When visiting a building that’s been around for some time, I get caught up in the details of who created it, when and why was it was built, and what it was used for. As someone who loves rich storytelling, I find the best stories are the ones that actually happened. I think that’s what first caught my attention when I came cross the Shanghai International Wine & Spirits Museum.

Designed by the Chinese-based wine lifestyle consulting and design firm, Shanghai GoDolphin, The SIWS Museum will leave you speechless. Tucked away in the Chenshan Botanical Gardens inside of a cave, GoDolphin created a stunning museum and winery in an abandoned military bunker that was built over 80 years ago. It was originally built for an ex-leader of the Republic of China named Chan Kai Chek. The bunker was used to store artillery as well as national treasures during war times. The bunker was intentionally placed there because of the cave’s internal fresh water lake.

The museum’s design is beautifully crafted. The use of unfinished cement brick walls and chandeliers, gives the space a very rich, but dark, minimalistic feel. I’m all for a museum that offers three of my favorite things: smart design, rich history and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. 

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  • everythingcurvyandchic

    omg this is beautiful. I would love to check this out

  • Anamika Ojha

    What a beautiful place and loved your photography! You’ve captured it very nicely!

    • Thanks but I didn’t take these photos- the design studio and museum did.

  • Your photography really is amazing. It looks so lovely & peaceful here xo

    • Thanks Dena, but I didn’t take these photos the museum did.

  • Sarah D

    wow – this looks amazing. It’s looks really beautiful but with so much history too.

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    What a beautiful place! This is so stunning and quite peaceful, I also love the wooden shelves.

    • The shelves are so beautiful!

  • Becca Wilson

    This building is so beautiful! I would love to see this place for myself.

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Absolutely stunning and the detailing is just incredible and beautiful x

  • Wow what a beautiful place, I love all the wooden shelving and detail that has been done.

    Lennae xxx

    • Thanks for commenting Lennae!

  • T-Nicole Johnson

    WOW! This looks like a beautiful place to visit. I love all of the details

    • The details are the best part!

  • What an incredible use of space, the place has so much atmosphere and I guess that will have a lot to do with knowing the history and what it once was. Great photography too!

    • Thanks for commenting Zoe!

  • Deimarys Colon

    This is genious!!! So much elegance and history in one place.

  • CouponDivaAndi

    VERY beautifully decorated – and it looks kinda cool as well 🙂

  • Oh wow, this is so cool. I love history so it would be so neat to go in here.

    • Yes it would make a great addition to an itinerary to Shanghai.

  • shoshana sue

    This is beautiful and truly creative.I still have to remind myself that it used to be a military bunker. Simply Wow!

  • Gareth Torrance

    What a brilliant use of a historical building! Even though bunkers themselves are reminders of the horrific tragedies of the past, turning one into such an beautiful looking wine museum is genius!

    • I couldn’t agree more Gareth!

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