Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has suffered commuter ridicule in the past for extolling the charms of the city’s métro system. Now, however, she has hit back with plans to put the network’s ghost stations to new use.
As part of her campaign, architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné were commissioned to come up with a series of proposals for the Arsenal station. Located in the 4th arrondissement, in eastern Paris, the station closed 75 years ago, in 1939.
The pair developed innovative plans for this lost space – including a restaurant (pictured), a swimming pool, an art gallery, a nightclub and a theatre.
Their ideas could then be replicated in other disused stations. These include Champ de Mars (in the 7th arrondissement), Croix Rouge (in the 6th), Haxo (19th), Porte des Lilas (19th/20th) and Porte Molitor (16th).
In a city where space is at a premium, this could prove popular.
However, Ms Kosciusko-Morizet – or NKM, as she is dubbed in the media – is trailing her Socialist rival Anne Hidalgo in the polls ahead of next month’s elections. So, it remains to be seen whether Parisians will ever get the chance to appreciate the charm of these makeovers to their métro.