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Best Architectural Repurposing 


What to do with a cavernous old auto building when the industry moves elsewhere? Why, turn it into an art-filled restaurant, of course. With the decline of the domestic auto industry, Mua may very well become the template for creative repurposings on Broadway's Auto Row. Now a hip restaurant/bar/lounge featuring resident DJs and butternut squash mac-n-cheese, Mua was once Oakland Rim and Wheel. Owner Hisuk Dong made the smart decision to retain the look and feel of the old shop, keeping the concrete walls, where Dong's own paintings (of what appear to be troubled horses) now hang. The high ceilings and open space work to the restaurant's advantage, conveying a grandeur that can't be matched by a more conventional restaurant space. The old "Oakland M & N" signage remains on the building's front, juxtaposed next to the restaurant's slick new graffiti lettering.

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