A Paris Mayoral candidate has pledged to repurpose disused Metro
stations if she is elected, offering a range of interesting suggestions for the spaces.
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet commissioned Oxo Architectes and Nicolas Laisné Associés to produce ideas for the renovation of the stations, including plans for an art gallery, a restaurant and even an underwater swimming pool.
The plans used Arsenal station (near Bastille) as an example, which closed at the outbreak of the Second World War and never reopened.
Paris has several out-of-use and never-opened Metro stops, and Kosciusko-Morizet would consult the public for more ambitious ideas if she wins the election next month. However, RATP (France’s public transport operator) raised concerns about the cost and safety of permanently repurposing the stations.
The London Underground also has ‘ghost’ stations, such as the original Shepherd’s Bush station, British Museum and Aldwych, which has been used for several films – would you like to see this kind of plan for our transport network?
Take a look at some of the ideas here.