Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Metro Makeovers for the Abandoned Stations of Paris

Anyone who wants to make a swimming pool out of an abandoned metro station neglected for 75 years, has definitely got my attention. The ghosts of the Parisian underground could soon be resurrected if city voters play their cards right in the upcoming mayoral elections. Promising candidate, Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet, who would become the first female to ever hold the post in the capital, has released the first sketches of her plans to reclaim the city of light’s abandoned stations.

Up on the candidate’s drawing board we have several proposals to revive the stations from their solitude, including my personal favourite, the swimming pool (just imagine doing laps down an old subway track), a theatre (think of the acoustics), a restaurant, an art gallery and a nightclub. Participating architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné are only getting started however, and these are just a few examples from their vault of ideas should Nathalie win the elections in March.

While some of the ghost stations were closed down due to a lack of passenger use, others never even saw a single traveler on their platforms after planning was scrapped and access from the streets above was never even built.

Photos via NK Paris and RATP/ 20 Minutes

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