Gallery: Old Subway Cars Transformed into Cool London Art Studios

The best bit? There are plans to expand this concept to Berlin, Lisbon, and Toronto. Needless to say, we love it.
The best bit? There are plans to expand this concept to Berlin, Lisbon, and Toronto. Needless to say, we love it.

Located on top of an old brick warehouse in Shoreditch, London, Village Underground provides affordable studio space for young artists (around 15 pounds per week). The subway cars act as working spaces for the artists, while a lower-level restored warehouse is used to host events and exhibit the artists’ works.

The four subway vehicles that make up the village were purchased for a grand total of 200 pounds each. They were then moved on top of the warehouse, and retrofitted to create a working space. The seats inside the carriages were removed, but everything else remains as is (one can even go into the cabin to play around with all the buttons and levers).

The best bit? There are plans to expand this concept to Berlin, Lisbon, and Toronto. Needless to say, we love it.

+ Village Underground



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  1. Mubina April 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Hi, we are coming from India to do a shoot in London at the end of this month. We need to shoot in a large warehouse where an artist is in the process of painting graffiti on a car. This is a still photography shoot, for a laptop brand. Was wondering if we could do the shoot in the warehouse, and maybe if one of the artists could be the model. Of course we would pay for the use of the location for a day and the model. My email I’d is Would really appreciate an early reply. Thanks…mubina

  2. Yasmin Chopin March 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

    This is a great use of space and re-use of materials. I am seeking something similar for a client that requires a garden office. If you know of something just of teeny bit smaller let me know!
    Yasmin Chopin Interior Design

  3. Kraig Hoomana December 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Hello. I hope you dont mind me commenting on your blog. I wanted to let you know directly but I cannot find your contact info. I want to subscribe to your blog for new posts but I am unable find your RSS subscription link. Please help. Thank you.

  4. matthbooth December 10, 2008 at 3:29 am

    These are ace. I’m a freelance designer based in Manchester but work a lot around Shoreditch and always wondered what they were for.

    Would be great if they tried it in Manchester I could do with some cheap studio space.

  5. Teboho December 9, 2008 at 4:35 am

    This is how we should all be thinking like. I salute the mind behind the ideas. I am even wordless

  6. telegraph December 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    this is awesome. i love how the cars themselves advertise the art going on inside. and so glad that these artists are able to get an affordable workspace. gorgeous!


  7. ecojotter December 1, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    très cool!

  8. Banzai November 30, 2008 at 5:06 am

    Hope this comes to Lisbon as they said, there are tons of good spaces to put those old subway and train vehicles to good use. It’s a nice concept to apply worldwide. Fantastic Idea!

  9. theokobox November 29, 2008 at 11:33 am

    This is a really awesome use of space… if only we could get art going in a less environmentally destructive direction too, as far as supplies go. I don’t really think the inside of the train looks sparse either, I would love to live in that!!! Just add a composting tiolet & a hot plate…

  10. ligress November 29, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Ah, all these years i’ve been wondering what those trains were doing up there! Thanks for posting this!

  11. Bryan Karl November 29, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Cool. Good thing they don’t leave them as junk. Your government and people must be very good thinkers.

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