As you can imagine, working in the design industry comes with its perks. We have early access to the ‘next big fashions,’ meaning we are always on trend (we knew pineapples were going to be a thing before they were a thing,) we have the opportunity to meet many wonderful, creative people and, of course, we are exposed to quirky new ideas.
These concept designs, by OXO architects and Laisné Architecte, are the latest thing to capture our attention. Proposed by Parisian mayoral candidate, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the images depict a plan to convert ghost stations along the metro into something of use, and of beauty.
According to Morizet’s campaign website: “Paris has 11 underground ghost stations. Some of them have never been opened, others have been closed since 1940 and the occupation of Paris. These stations contain authentic places of history, which have remained in tact since their closure. Today, these stations are sleeping under our feet.”
Morizet goes on to promise to“restore these special places for Parisians, opening them to the public and redeveloping them to give birth to alternative uses: sporting, cultural and festive” and “allow Parisians to choose the use they want to give these abandoned places, while enhancing the historic heritage of the Paris metro.”
The proposed uses include swimming pools, bars, nightclubs and even an underground garden centre.
Personally, we love the idea of transforming one of the vacant spaces into a theatre. A ballet staged underneath Paris would be an unforgettable experience – and is an idea we can’t help but think London should be paying attention to. (Come on Boris, where are your plans to recreate our disused stations?)
Manal Rachdi, one of the architects working on the project, said: “This project aims to bring back to life these ghost stations by giving them a new purpose. To swim in the metro seems like a crazy dream, but it could soon come true!
“Why can’t Paris take advantage of its underground potential and invent new functions for these abandoned places?”
Would you visit a converted metro? Can we join you?