Rebuilding abandoned metro stations in Paris

Turning abandoned metro stations into public parks, nightclubs and community pools


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About the project Edit

In a city whose sewers attract tourists, it’s no surprise that a mayoral candidate is proposing to turn abandoned subway stations into art galleries, nightclubs, restaurants, and pools.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a center-right candidate for mayor of Paris and former environment minister, has unveiled a series of plans to turn the legendary “ghost stations” of the Paris Metro into underground oases.

She’s enlisted the help of architects Manal Rachdi of OXO Associates and Nicolas Laisné to create renderings of the stations, repurposed as sleek spaces to display art, open restaurants, or create parks.

“To swim in the metro seems like a crazy dream, but it could soon come true,” OXO Architects says in a statement. “Turning a former metro station into a swimming pool or a gymnasium could be a way to compensate for the lack of sports and leisure facilities in some areas.”

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Putting a park or a nightclub or a community pool in an abandoned metro station may not be the first thought of everyone. The project can have great benefit for the community however, not to mention it reclaims an abandoned space in a great location and makes it useful again!

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This project makes great use of abandoned spaces, turning them into productive areas for citizens to hang out. Putting a nightclub underground will minimize noise pollution, creating innovative green space will likewise have positive benefits for the community.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This project could expand to any abandoned metro station that fulfills the architectural requirements.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Mayoral race in Paris

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