Raising Paris Ghost Stations From The Dead


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Paris, borrowing a page from New York’s Lowline project that’s trying to get off the ground – oops, under the ground – is pondering subterranean possibilities. And people are talking about it.

This is very early stage stuff, a mere idea with pretty pictures, but it comes from a mayoral candidate who is eager to bring life to the City of Light’s dark and abandoned underground metro stations.

Paris-based Oxo Architectes and Laisné Architecte conjured an assortment of visions for the Arsenal “ghost station,” and the renderings have sparked great interest in Paris and struck a chord around the world. Here’s a trio of the drawings; you can see all of them on the Oxo site.

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images via Oxo Architectes

Architect Manal Rachdi told Le Parisien that beyond the Arsenal station that was used for the drawings, at least six other stations – Haxo Porte des Lilas, Champ-de-Mars, Lucky Molitor, Red Cross and Saint-Martin – are good candidates for new use.

And what of mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet of the center-right candidate UMP party? According to CNN, “Despite the attention garnered by the images in the local press so far … Kosciusko-Morizet still lies far behind the favorite and frontrunner in the mayoral race, Socialist Anne Hidalgo.” But even if the candidate doesn’t win, perhaps the idea can.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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