Artisan Cellars, Singapore (2008)

A cellar that’s as much a conversation piece as the wine it stores - 400 bottles of luxury cuvee wines are contained in a 3m x 6m cement block, extruded from the shop into the public space.

The focus: the dramatic angular tunnel and its top-rate gems. The design of Artisan Cellars, a high-end wine retail space specialising in small production vineyards, stands in contrast to other cookie-cutter cellar spaces. Wine-worthy quotes by renowned writers, like Galileo Galilei’s “Wine is sunlight, held together by water” and Norman Douglas’s “Wine is a precarious aphrodisiac, and its fumes have blighted many”, are etched into understated white-washed walls.

The simplicity and crispness of the surroundings give emphasis to the 10-seater tasting room, which will play host to a series of cosy wine tasting sessions conducted among discerning groups.