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Recreating Order

Sophia 2017-05-20 16:10

At the end of last year, MIBA Art Gallery of Master Distiller, found itself as the gold prize winner of the "London International Design Awards". After renovating the old factory for 195 days, MIBA won the top rank from tens of thousands of works from hundreds of countries and regions. Because of this, you can't imagine how happy the founder Tiger Ning and others like him are, who are interested in both drinking and the arts. After all, a lot of people did not think he would reconstruct a 2000 square metre site to popularize Chinese spirits culture in this expensive location of Beijing. However, since it was opened in May 2016, people who have visited this art gallery all praised it and it has become a surprisingly sought-out destination in Beijing.


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MIBA is located in a secluded boulevard in the centre of Beijing. It is not so striking from the outside, but if the sunshine is on the right side of the building, the light will go through the metal fences and form geometric shadow on the oor. This art gallery blends in with the natural plants and shows the changes between time and the light. The predecessor of this museum was a Russian classical industrial building that produced an old brand of Chinese wine that had long ceased production. For Tiger Ning, the project was a labour of love. He found this place after it had been abandoned for so many years, and worked with the designer Shao Weiyan to reconstruct it and change misconceptions of spirits culture.

When Shao, whom the public describes as a brave person, and his team of Chusd Studio faced four independent buildings that are 2000 square metres, they decided to try their best to connect all into one coherent space. As a result, they made the different zones connect with each other and let the users use the zones freely. They created an open space in which the space ows, the sound passes through and the light mixes.


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Shao claims that instead of changing the triangular roof truss or the RC structural system, he retained the original design of the

house. Also, the iron castings that you can see in MIBA are the original German ones. They wanted to retain the past, so it is not so easy to make the old buildings come alive. However, Weiyan Shao has design ideas beyond his age. He did not drop everything in this old building. He is never radical and he likes to keep some old things and to create new things at the same time. He said, “the wood you can see when you come in is inset in the light metal frames which look like the wine racks. The wood comes from the different years, so the wood-grain and the colour are different.”

He thinks highly of each material and deals with them exquisitely. “Most of the wall is white. There were a lot of holes in the wall. We spent a long time to atten the wall and sprayed the white paint on 70% of it. What we did, not only retains the grain of the original material but also show the modern elements by the colour of white.”


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After being renovated, this composite museum of liquor making has soil, water, re and food, which are from the process of liquor making. Shao embedded the modern circulation planning and the modern space design slickly into the old buildings and created more space for the communication between liquor and human, and even between human and human.

The indoor space and the ruled lines are inspired by those four process of liquor making. The dynamic timing is hidden in those different zones. Open the door behind the fences in this museum; you will see the rst 'solid' zone. There are two solid walls standing inside of the zone. The walls create the long gallery that is sorted chronologically. Inside of the walls, there is a liquor-making classroom, people can learn to make liquor in it.


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When you keep moving along the main route, you can see the big meeting space and the theme of it is 'water'. The water channel, which was dug on purpose, ows into water scenery. The water channel looks like a belt that stretches to the outside of the hall and ows in front of the stage. It's quiet and modern. The way to display the liquor is no more changeless compared to the way of the traditional liquor. They use the owing water and the shadow to make the scene and stretch the main element to the bar, which uses fire as the theme.


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In this zone, the designer kept the original equipment in the building. There are a lot of big casks standing in the middle of the zone. The original casks are still in this zone. This place shows us the style of Shao's design. He said, "Those big stainless steel tanks used to be the casks. We cut it on purpose so that people can go inside and have a look. We can also use it as the individual boxes. They retained the old construction behind the boxes. However, they created seats, tearooms, and the cellars. 'The colour red is similar to re and it also means the birth of life and the link to the future, so I used red in this zone. At the end of the gallery is the main place to display. I used 'food' in this zone as the best part of this gallery. Each place has its own food that leads to the different liquor in different place."


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