Paris’ Ghost Metro Stations Could Become Subterranean Swimming Pools and Restaurants

by , 02/11/14

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and her team recently unveiled sketches for a series of projects that would reclaim the City of Light’s abandoned Metro stations. There are many different proposals for transforming those unused underground spaces including restaurants, auditoriums, art galleries, theaters and nightclubs. Another idea is to build a very lengthy swimming pool, which sounds ideal for the extended space available.

Over the years these abandoned stations have been boarded up, used as locations for the film industry, or turned into dumping grounds for the Paris transport system. If Kosciusko-Morizet wins the elections in March, she plans to launch a co-creation platform so that architects and designers can submit their ideas and the public can vote on them. But if you have an extraordinary idea and cannot wait, just send Kosciusko-Morizet a tweet.

+ Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet

Via Messy Nessy Chic

Photos by RATP

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  1. gep2 February 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    OK, Arsenal was part of line 3, according to my book about Metro stations… but where is it (east of Gallieni?), why isn’t it used? Many of the previously unused stations still have trains that go through them, at least occasionally… even if the trains don’t stop there anymore (and stations like Cluny/La Sorbonne have gone from “dark/pass through” to active stations again). How many such “ghost” stations are there? Are there entire “ghost lines” which are no longer used? Why not return them to service as active lines and stations? Interesting subject!!

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